iMobility forum October 2011

iMobility is an umbrella term for the development and deployment existing and emerging ITS technologies in member states, with particular focus V2V and V2I deployment and in-vehicle technology which have safety and environmental benefit. The forum is a EU knowledge base for the distribution of best practice and the monitoring of ITS development and deployment in member states and now includes ITS Ireland’s Esafety Observers obligations.

Paul Bennett represented ITS Ireland at the recent IMobility Forum which included reports on many of the European Projects which includes:

eComove: a project which looks at how we might improve from a theoretical perspective the perfect eco managed network and the perfect eco-driver. From this study measures will emerge of what is possible to be achieved and what services and applications are available or should be developed to achieve the theoretical minimum

e-call a project to deploy  a communications device in a vehicle that in an emergency give the relevant services  the location of the vehicle, details of the accident severity and will enable trained agents to communicate with the vehicle occupants automatically without the intervention of the driver. The forum was informed that this project is well developed with a number of test sites and vehicles operating throughout Europe. Legislation is being prepared that will require the flitting of E-call to all new type approved vehicles from 2015.

The DRIVE C2X project will deploy cooperative technologies in several European test sites. Namely, the test deployment will include seven test sites in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.. The study considers the 17 different KPI functions at the  test sites in Europe  including improvements in:

  • traffic flow;
  • traffic management;
  • fuel efficiency;
  • traffic data and information etc…

The results of this large-scale environment will be used to raise awareness in the general public, provide feedback for standard organisations and for initiating public-private ventures. These steps will lead to a successful road to market DRIVE C2X is also implementing and testing a concept for the integration of a data backend. Therefore enabling commercial services based on C2X communication data to private and commercial customers. Such services are expected to become a major revenue source for cooperative driving systems and can be the key for successful implementation of this technology on European roads.

FOTsis (Field Operation Testing) Project is a large scale field testing of road infrastructure management systems, to assess their effectiveness and potential for full scale deployment. Tests are run on 9 test sites in 4 test communities. Tests include:

  • Emergency Management Protocols – what information is of value to emergency services;
  • Safety Incident Management – how to best analysis incidents;
  • Intelligent Congestion Control – new algorithms developed and alternative route evaluation methods;
  • Special Vehicle Tracking – how best to track wide loads;
  • Advanced Enforcement – Interrogation of vehicle data with infrastructure e.g put speed advisory  messages on VMS when the 85% speed is above a threshold;
  • Infrastructure Safety Assessment – Assessment methods of how incidents were managed using ITS.

COSMO The objective of this project was to demonstrate in realistic conditions the benefits of co-operative systems. The total budget for this project was €3.88M (50% EC funding). 3 projects are to run for 3 years. Each study will look at the effects on energy saving, fuel saving, modal shift and changes in behaviour when various combinations of ITS systems and infrastructure are deployed.

Other projects and studies included;

  • Extending the travel range  of the electric car;
  • Environmentally sensitive traffic control strategies;
  • Eco-driving for private vehicle and for public transport;
  • Possible New Services for the Connected Car to the Internet;
  • Dynamic City Access Management strategy;
  • Defining Infrastructure for supporting co-operative systems;
  • Definition of the requirements for Automated Driving;
  • Advanced Real-Time Congestion Management System;
  • Advanced energy efficient technologies integrated in roadside equipment;
  • Multimodal real-time information systems.

For further information about these projects and the iMobility forum contact paul.bennett@itsireland.ie or info@itsireland.ie.