Press release: Intelligent vehicles tested across European roads


Creation date: 24 September 2009

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As a further demonstration of the depth of its commitment to tackling today’s challenges of increased demand for mobility, the automotive industry has joined forces with various universities, research centres and other stakeholders, in a smart drive to test eight different high-tech intelligent in-vehicle technologies on real roads, with real drivers.

In the context of euroFOT, a European-wide research project, 28 organisations have committed to scientifically test and assess the impact of eight advanced driver assistance systems on safety, efficiency and driver comfort. This collaborative research project is supported by European funds from the DG Information Society and Media.


Both lateral and longitudinal control systems will be tested: systems that give warnings to the driver on potential side- and front-end collisions. Also, other advanced in-vehicle systems such as Curve Speed Warning, Fuel Efficiency Adviser and the Human machine interaction with navigation systems will be tested.


Beginning in 2010, no less than 1000 vehicles from various European vehicle brands equipped with various intelligent in-vehicle systems will drive around Europe for approximately one year. These intelligent vehicles will collect data that should deliver answers with regards to the impacts that these systems have on safety, efficiency and driver comfort.


Speaking at the ITS World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems, Aria Etemad, Project coordinator of euroFOT from Ford, said “This is the first-of-its-kind- large-scale field operational test that is carried out across brands in Europe.”


Maxime Flament from ERTICO - ITS Europe, responsible for the coordination of the various vehicle centres said: “Car dealers and fleet owners across Europe are currently recruiting the drivers that will take part in this experiment. At the same time, the vehicle operation centres are getting ready to prepare each vehicle for a 1-year long advanced data collection.”


The euroFOT project is expected to raise awareness and provide indications based on scientific data about real benefits of these existing intelligent in-vehicle systems. The results of the field test will also contribute to better and informed decision making.
Further information


This week, at the World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, the specific plans and methodology used for the euroFOT project will be presented by various researchers taking part in this first of its kind, large-scale European field test.


• Where? At the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, Stockholm International Fairs.
• What? Special interest Session 29: European Large-scale field Operational test on active safety systems, first results
• When? 16:00- 17:30.


For your editorial planning, a Video News Release about the various euroFOT researchers is available.


Download the shotlist:  Shotlist.pdf (6.6 MB)


The material can be downloaded in broadcast quality via the FTP link (please note that you have to
use an ftp client to download the files. Free Ftp client are available for download the the web such
as: Filezilla, Smart ftp, ...)
Password : eurofot


Download the press dossier in various languages: “The eight advanced driver assistance systems explained”


English :  prenglish.pdf (985.8 KB)

French:  prfrench.pdf (732.9 KB)

Italian:  prItalian.pdf (934.4 KB)

Swedish:  prSwedish.pdf (932.2 KB)

German:  prGerman.pdf (935.7 KB)




The euroFOT website:
The Intelligent Car initiative
The World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems:


Note to the Editor:
euroFOT is an integrated project supported by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme of Information Society

Technologies. In the context of euroFOT project, 28 organisations have committed to scientifically test and assess the impact of eight advanced driver assistance systems on safety, efficiency and driver comfort.


Duration: 40 months, starting from the first of June 2008

Total cost: €22 million
EC contribution: €14 million

Coordinator: Ford Research Centre
Partners: BMW Group, Fiat Group- CRF, Daimler AG, MAN, Volvo, Volvo Technological Development Corporation, Volkswagen/ Audi, Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Harmann Becker, Chalmers, ICCS, Ika, IZVW, University of Torino, University of Leeds, Bast, Ceesar, CTAG, INRETS, TNO, ADAS Management Consulting, Alcor, Allianz, EICT, ERTICO – ITS Europe


General press contact:
Ariane Brusselmans
+32 2 479 330714