euroFOT - Italian Test Site News


Creation date: 19 April 2010

The Italian Field Operational Test, as part of the euroFOT EU FP7 project carried out by

CRF - Centro Ricerche FIAT and Politecnico di Torino, has just started.

The test will involve up to 500 drivers for a period of 9 months.

The Italian FOT is being conducted on the Lane Departure Warning function (Driving Advisor)

available on Lancia Delta. LDW is one of the driving assistance systems available on the

market that will be tested in the framework of the euroFOT project, which aims to evaluate

the acceptance of these advanced support systems in real driving conditions and estimate

the impact on driving safety.

The Italian Field Operational Test is carried out through questionnaires and is based on subjective

responses that are self-reported by drivers about the practical and social acceptability of LDW

system. Drivers are asked to fill in five rounds of questionnaires which are either paper-based

and posted to them or available on-line. Drivers' system use is also recorded through a weekly

diary and the chance to provide detailed information about specific events involving the LDW


The Italian Field Operational Test officially started last February when several owners of Lancia

Deltas equipped with the LDW system were contacted by mail inviting them  to participate in the

project. The first of the five questionnaires has already been administered to project participants.

CRF and Politecnico di Torino are now involved in recruiting new participants, managing new

questionnaires administration and giving support to any question from drivers.