In PReVENT, the consortium and the roles of the partners can be explained as follows:
Major contributions from the OEMs are in the strategic guidance on Integrated Project and Sub-Project level, driving the integration of safety applications and its components to reduce the cost and enhance the safety potential of the products. The primary task of the automotive OEM partners in the PReVENT consortium is to ensure correct requirements for novel safety-related applications, then to develop architectures, specifications in cooperation with suppliers and building up test vehicles.
The suppliers’ role in PReVENT is to develop specifications for safety systems and components in cooperation with the automotive OEMs. Supplying partners will bring in hard- and software platforms and develop new platforms that satisfy the application requirements. Another important role in subprojects is the provision of prototypes for hard- and software components such as sensors, actuators and image interpretation algorithms. The suppliers are furthermore represented in the Core Group and in subproject leader positions to contribute to the strategic guidance of the project.
Research institutes and universities
The role of the research institutes and universities is to focus on specific tasks in order to derive innovative solutions in a few key areas. In most cases, research institutes and universities base their contribution on studies that establish state-of-the-art in the respective fields of research. Regarding image modelling and processing, the experts develop new or bring in existing hard- and software platforms to be further developed and suit new requirements. Further important contributions are in simulation testing, system validation, human machine interface design and impact assessment for which specific methodologies or competences are required.
Public and road authorities
Public and road authorities have specific interest due to the integrative character of PReVENT and monitor the project intending to safeguard the safety focus of the project and its priorities. Where appropriate the authorities bring in specific requirements regarding infrastructure, regulations and other deployment and implementation topics. The authorities furthermore provide unique links and information on national research activities, where the research is strongly linked to policy. The authorities and the national research activities are involved through regular consultation in dedicated workshops organised by PReVENT. It is expected that the road and public authorities will also be strongly involved in the organisation of the PReVENT Roadshow.
The successful cooperation of the European associations EUCAR (research component from vehicle manufacturers association, CLEPA (Automotive Suppliers community) and (ITS community) have been responsible for the realisation of PReVENT, guiding and motivating their members to contribute to PReVENT. The associations have set up an steering committee in the so-called Integrated Safety Program where progress from research initiatives such as PReVENT are monitored and supported. Another important contribution from the associations is the provision of key technical and organisational management in the Integrated Project Management team.