The European Commission released a €22 million funding for the CVIS (Cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems) project, among other research projects supported by DG INFSO (Information Society and Media) over the next four years, through its sixth Framework Programme.
Liaison activities are planned between all of these eSafety projects aiming to further develop and deploy ITS systems and services (more details are to be found under the Links section of this website).
Safespot, in particular, is to share several test sites with CVIS, and both projects will benefit from each other's complementary functionality: indeed, while CVIS applications focus on optimising traffic flows through the planning and dynamic control of traffic to avoid congestion and minimise travel time, SAFESPOT aims at detecting potential dangerous situations at junctions and to trigger actions that will avoid accidents happening. This information would be provided to CVIS to minimise the disturbance to overall traffic flow.
CVIS started on 1 February 2006 with a total budget of €41 million. The four-year project counts 61 partners and is coordinated by ERTICO ITS EUROPE.
The consortium includes many entities involved within the cooperative systems chain, from monitoring data collection and processing through traffic management and control to final service delivery to the end user: many of the top companies in the automotive, ITS, software/hardware development and traffic systems business; public authorities; road, telecom and public transport operators; service providers, and vehicle manufacturers (for detailed composition, go to the Consortium section of this website).
CVIS will research vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Each vehicle will be able to communicate the latest traffic information and safety warnings to road operators and other nearby vehicles, connecting through a multi-channel terminal with a wide range of potential carriers, including cellular networks (GPRS, UMTS), mobile wireless local area networks (WLAN, or Wi-Fi), short-range microwave beacons (DSRC) or infrared (IR). This will be based on the new international "CALM" standards.
The project will cover urban, inter-urban and freight and fleet applications, including dynamic information services for drivers, hazardous goods monitoring, emergency vehicle support, etc. It will also assess costs, acceptance, usability and security issues for drivers, operators and public authorities, and will define roadmaps for deployment.
For more details, refer to the current left-side section of this homepage.