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Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems take pride of place at London

The recent ITS World Congress in London saw an enormous growth of interest in cooperative systems in general, and in the CVIS project in particular. CVIS had its own Special Session and was presented in several other sessions.

Related cooperative systems in Japan and Sweden are also presented and the presentations made at their sessions are downloadable.


CVIS Special Session (SS6)

The Special Session 06, which presented the CVIS Integrated Project was well attended. An audience of nearly 60 showed great interest, confirming the high profile the project enjoyed during the course of the Congress.


The presentations introduced CVIS core technologies, applications, Cooperative Monitoring and the Deployment Enablers Sub-Project:


 Core Technologies for Cooperative Systems (Knut Evensen, Vice-President of Q-Free and CVIS Chief Architect)


 CVIS Cooperative Monitoring (Axel Burkert, Senior Consultant at PTV, and CVIS COMO Sub-Project Leader)


 Cooperative System Applications (Frans Van Waes, Senior Consultant at Vialis, and CVIS CURB Sub-Project Leader)


 Cooperative System Deployment (Allard Zoutendijk, Project Manager Instrumentation at TNO Science and Industry, and CVIS Validation Manager)





The Deployment subject stirred up the most questions from the audience, about life-testing of users acceptance, CVIS as a policy tool, and about drivers responsibility:

Utility, useability and user acceptance are important prerequisites for successful deployment of CVIS. The same applies to CVIS as a policy tool: it should be recognized that CVIS applications fulfill their promise of improving safety and decreasing emissions.

It is planned to perform driving simulator tests dedicated to the driver acceptance issues - next to real life tests on the test sites - and to study the impact of CVIS on policy in terms of new opportunities for policy delivery and potential negative effects that will need to be migated. Special attention will also be paid to interoperability and openness, safety and security, risk and liability, businessmodels and road-maps.

CVIS aims to offer a framework to deploy many kinds of new and innovative cooperative vehicle-infrastructure applications, but never usurping the responsibility of the driver. The applications and services considered within CVIS are expected to evolve from informative to assistive.



Other questions were raised about the possible applications of CVIS future communication platform, for indeed many other applications (e.g.: infotainment, skype) are possible than the ones envisaged by the project so far. Others raised the security issue of a network seamlessly connected to internet, but the internet-type connection will be extremely secured and protected because this will be a "private" network dedicated to CVIS applications. Nevertheless, this means of course that some institutional work will be required from the authorities side.


Other CVIS-related presentations

  • Mobility and safety potential of vehicle communications Executive Session (ES10)
    Michael Nielsen, Director of Development & Deployment at ERTICO, presented the CVIS project at this session
    Donwload the presentation ()
  • Applications for cooperative systems - the EU approach Special Session (SS31)
    Paul Kompfner, CVIS Coordinator, presented the CVIS applications at this EU-sponsored session about ongoing Cooperative Systems Research Projects.
    Download the presentation ()
  • Architectures for cooperative systems - the EU approach Special Session (SS37)
    Knut Evensen, CVIS Chief Architect, presented the role of communication architectures
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  • Sustainable logistics Special Session (SS71)
    Neil Barton, Project Manager at Transport for London, presented the CVIS London Freight & Fleet Trial: the CVIS project needs accurate real-time ITS data on vehicle locations and prevailing traffic conditions to help identify congestion and incidents that might adversely affect a delivery schedule.
    Download the presentation ()

Other cooperative-systems dedicated sessions

  • Smartway - ITS strategy for safety in Japan (SS24)
    Smartway is a Government-private joint research initiative as part of the ITS national strategy in Japan: the IT policy of the Japanese government, proposes to greatly reduce traffic fatalities by using Road-Vehicle cooperated drive support systems. 
    Prof. Hironao Kawashima, Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University presented  an "Evaluation of ITS Safety Support Services in  Japan".
    Donwload the presentation ()
  • IVSS – A public-private research programme supporting the safe driving of tomorrow (SS57)
    The six-year programme (2003-2008) IVSS (Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems) was set up to stimulate research and development of safe motoring in the future. The result will be new, smart technologies and new IT systems that will help reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. Key areas are active safety, preventive solutions and further development of the road holding and crashworthiness characteristics of cars and commercial vehicles. Another focus area is the development of intelligent vehicle and road infrastructure systems. This includes systems that can improve the safety of unprotected road users.
    Mr. Torbjörn Biding, IVSS Programme Director, Swedish Road Administration (Download the presentation)
    Mr. Michael L. Sena, Director, Michael L. Sena Consulting AB, Sweden (Download the presentation)
    Mr. Håkan Edler, Project Manager, SP Swedish National Testing and Research Institute (Download the presentation)
    Mr. Per-Olof Sjölander, Project Manager, Swedish Road Administration (Download the presentation)
    Ms. Ingrid Skogsmo, Director, Volvo Cars Safety Center, Sweden (Download the presentation)
    Mr. Anders Lie, Vehicle and Traffic Safety Expert, Swedish Road Administration (Download the presentation)

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