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News of 2007

SAFESPOT travels to ITS world Congress in Beijing China

SAFESPOT travels to ITS world Congress in Beijing China
14th ITS World Congress - Beijing - October 2007


In 2007 the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress took place in Beijing, China at 9-13 October 2007. The SAFESPOT project was represented by a presentation prepared by Luisa Andreone (Centro Ricerche FIAT) and Christine Bartels (TeleAtlas) at the Special session No SS15 on "European Approach to Cooperative Systems Architecture". The Special session, organized by the European Commission, moderated by Juhani Jääskeläinen, gave an overview on the current status of the work on Co-operative Systems in Europe, concentrating on the approach towards a common Communications Architecture and the research challenges.

The Session also outlined the ongoing work of the established Architecture Task Force and addressed its implications on the International harmonisation and standardisation.

For those of you that will be there the session is scheduled for Thursday 11 October 2007, at 8:30-10:00 in the conference room 05. We will be happy to see you there!

For more information on the congress you can visit the following website:


SAFESPOT and PReVENT IP Exhibition Event


As previously announced the SAFESPOT project was kindly hosted to the PReVENT IP Exhibition Event that was realised with great success between the 18th and 20th of September 2007 at Versailles, France. A common tent with the CVIS project attracted the interest of the more than 800 exhibition’s participants. Members of the consortium were present to provide any information requested while the project’s rolling presentation and the interactive information provided at the desk helped the invited experts understand the fundamental parts of the project and get a preview of the initial results. The up-coming joint workshop with the WATCH-OVER project, at Stuttgart on 21-22 January was also promoted through handouts and posters. SAFESPOT wishes to thank the organisers of the PReVENT exhibition and PReVENT consortium for their kind hospitality and congratulate them for the very successful event that provided an exciting overview of the results of the PReVENT project!

For more information on the event visit:

SAFESPOT User Forum Pre-Announcement

SAFESPOT and WATCH-OVER User-Forum Workshop "Cooperative Systems for Road Safety"


The joint SAFESPOT and WATCH-OVER User Forum workshop took place on January 21st (full day) and 22nd (half day) at the premises of the University of Stuttgart. The workshop aimed to bring together all stakeholders in the area of the cooperative safety (V2V and V2I) including the special role of vulnerable road users (VRU) and to create an opportunity where SAFESPOT and WATCH-OVER concepts and developments will be discussed, reviewed and updated. In addition both projects were able to gain valuable input in terms of user needs, acceptance but also innovative ideas to be taken into account at SAFEPSOT or WATCH-OVER design and development cycle from this workshop.

The workshop was organised by USTUTT with the support of the dissemination managers and co-ordinators of the two projects.

See pre-announcement for more detailed information!

SAFESPOT at PReVENT Exhibition

SAFESPOT at the PReVENT IP Exhibition
PReVENT in Action!
"Technologies for safer road traffic"
MOV'EO - Test Track, Versailles, France,
18-22 September 2007


The PReVENT IP Exhibition featured more than 25 PReVENT cars and trucks demonstrating the most advanced safety applications developed throughout this 4-year Integrated Project. The significant number of the roadshow attendees and the participation of high level EC commissioners, CEOs from various companies and journalists provided an excellent opportunity for SAFESPOT advertisement.

The dedicated SAFESPOT stand was set up at which visitors were able to be informed on the project's activities and interact with the project’s representatives and experts. The event is also hosting the E-Safety Forum and the i2010 Intelligent Car Initiative conference.

For more information on the event visit:

Workshop on Business Models and Business Cases for Cooperative Systems

Workshop on Business Models and Business Cases for Cooperative Systems


ERTICO - ITS Europe and LogicaCMG had jointly organised a a Workshop on Business Models and Business Cases for Cooperative Systems, on 29 June 2007 from 10:00 to 16:00 in Brussels.

The objective of the workshop was to exchange ideas and thoughts regarding commercial issues, business cases and business models. In addition to presenting the visions of key stakeholders, the workshop was meant to give direction to the work of the CVIS deployment enablers sub-project.

See full invitation for more detailed information!


SAFESPOT at the General Assembly of AKTIV Project


At the end of March 2007 the General Assembly of the German Project AKTIV took place in Lindau. A general overview of the SAFESPOT project was presented to AKTIV consortium by TUM (Technische Universität München).


SAFESPOT at ATA workshop


This International Workshop, organized by ATA (Italian Automotive Technical Association), is an opportunity in which different stakeholders, working on the design and development of cooperative systems for future solutions, presented their activities in European funded projects, like SAFESPOT, CVIS and COOPERS. Prospected solutions will enable a future breakthrough in road safety and traffic efficiency.

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The WAVE protocol for Car Talk

The WAVE protocol for Car Talk


Nowadays a lot of research is carried out in automotive applications, especially in co-operative vehicles and roads. IEEE is trying to introduce some standards for car to car and car to infrastructure communications. Towards this direction a group of four standards, the IEEE 1609 suite of WAVE (Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments) communications standards, is under discussion. Three of these standards have been approved for trial use, and one is pending. The Federal Communications Commission has allocated a 75 MHz swath of the 5.9 GHz band for WAVE. A very important matter that has been taken into account in WAVE is privacy. None of the information will identify the vehicle it comes from (there are some exceptions), not only for privacy’s sake but also for encouraging the adoption of the WAVE system. Finally, testing of the WAVE system is scheduled to begin soon.

Reference: Ivan Berger, "Standards for Car Talk", IEEE The Institute

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SAFESPOT to the ITS Europe 2007

SAFESPOT to the ITS Europe 2007


SAFESPOT Integrated Project was presented at a special session to to the 6th European Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS’07) that was held in Aalborg, Denmark on 18-20 June 2007. The session entitled “Safety Margin Assistant based on V2I and V2V: the SAFESPOT Integrated Project” was chaired by the EC officer of the project Elina Holmberg. The special session featured a number of presentations on different aspects of the SAFESPOT IP related both to R&D and deployment issues. The session organisers, Luisa Andreone (CRF) and Angelos Amditis (ICCS), will be pleased to meet you all there..

For more information on the event visit:

SAFESPOT General Assembly - Turin 30 January 2007

SAFESPOT General Assembly - Turin 30 January 2007


We are pleased to announce the successful realization of the 2nd SAFESPOT General Assembly meeting that took place at Turin, Italy on the 30th of January 2007 and was kindly hosted by the project’s coordinator CRF.

The programme of the Assembly included the except of the Subproject’s progress presentation, keynote speeches by the project’s coordinator Roberto Brignolo, the SAFESPOT EC officer Irmgard Heiber on the 7th Framework community research programme and the EUCAR representative Alessandro Coda on EUCAR activities and support to E-Safety projects.

The meeting was concluded with a panel discussion where the SP leaders discussed the project’s course and answered to the consortium’s questions.

Further meeting participants were members of the consortium, the EC project officers Irmgard Heiber and Elina Holmberg, the EUCAR Research Coordinator Alessandro Coda and the COOPERS coordinator Alexander Frötscher.