euroFOT study demonstrates how driver assistance systems can increase safety and fuel efficiency across Europe
Results from four-year study unveiled at the euroFOT Final Event in Brussels on 26-27 June
Brussels, 26 June 2012 - Today, the euroFOT consortium published the findings of a four-year study focused on the impact of driver assistance systems in the Europe. The 22 million European Field Operational Test (euroFOT) project which began in June 2008 and involved 28 companies and organisations, was led by Aria Etemad from Ford s European Research Centre in Aachen, Germany. The study looked at existing technologies and their potential to both enhance safety and reduce environmental impact. euroFOT also revealed a link between these systems and improvements in driver behaviour, fuel efficiency and traffic safety, as well as overall cost savings.
8 functionalities, 28 partners, 1000 vehicles... One Field Test
euroFOT is Europe's first large scale field operational test (FOT) of active safety systems.
The euroFOT field testing focuses in particular on 8 distinct functions that assist the driver in detecting hazards and avoiding accidents:
Over the course of a year, 1200 everyday drivers, in cars and trucks from 9 major automotive suppliers (Ford, BMW, Daimler, Fiat, MAN, Volvo, Volvo Cars, Volkswagen, Audi) volunteered to put these functions to the test. Data logging equipment measured and recorded how and when these functions were used, and their effects. Did these function work as expected, preventing or mitigating accidents, making journeys safer and more pleasant, and saving fuel to boot? The results are fascinating and show how ITS can transform transport, making it safer, more efficient and "greener".
Questionnaires were also given to participants, allowing euroFot to measure participants' acceptance of and confidence in the tested systems. No less important than whether or not the functions work as intended, the uptake of ITS is dependent on the consumer, and how he/she views and values the functions. Were they valued by the drivers, and if so, would they be willing to pay for them? Would they even demand the functions in their future vehicles?
euroFOT has the answers.