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The SAFESPOT Project is co-funded by the European Commission Information Society and Media and supported by EUCAR.



The aim was to specify and develop a set of co-operative safety systems appropriate for road scenarios in which there is an emphasis based on the contribution of roadside equipment. A number of applications were evaluated and validated on Test Sites (in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden) which reproduce use cases characterised by given driving contexts.

The objectives, which were common to the SP4 applications, and refers to the local area managed by SAFESPOT systems, were:

  • to increase the Active Safety Margin for motorised vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists;
  • to improve the range, quality and reliability of the safety-related information available to 'intelligent vehicles' (which already have autonomous on-board systems) by providing 'cooperative' awareness through the real time reconstruction of the driving context and environment;
  • to create applications which are also appropriate and useful for non equipped vehicles and road users such as motorcycles.

The impact of these applications was:

  • to support drivers and other road users in taking preventive action, thus avoiding accidents;
  • to manage existing incidents in order to minimise further negative safety impact.

A core of this activity was the assessment of the feasibility of real-life implementation. For this reason, the applications were defined not only in terms of the technical solutions proposed, but also considering the practical deployment and financial issues related to their real world implementation.

The applications were implemented in selected Test Sites which are as close as possible to real conditions. As a result, besides the demonstration of the applications, extensive evaluation took place to get a clear and comprehensive view on the feasibility and impacts of such applications.

In order to meet these objectives, the first steps were to:

  • Identify the most important use cases (on the basis of statistical analysis of accident data and expert experience).
  • Define the safety margins for different types of road vehicles, and their functional interaction with the various parameters and environmental factors.
  • Integrate the relevant components into these scenario-based applications.
  • Test and validate the applications.
  • Analyse the results and conclusions regarding the performance of the applications, their feasibility, and recommendation for large scale deployment.

Hazard and Incident Warning: [more]

Dynamic Speed Alert: [more]

Road Departure prevention: [more]

Intersection collision prevention: [more]

Emergency vehicle equipment: [more]