The Dutch "Road to the Future" shows the way to go
On 24 May 2005, representatives from the IP PReVENT consortium attended a demonstration day in Lelystad, The Netherlands organised by Roads to the Future (RttF), the innovation programme of the Dutch Road Authority Rijkswaterstaat.
Highlights of the event's plenary session included a presentation of Richard Bishop on societal benefit for in-car technology, which was followed by an interactive panel discussion. Interestingly, 62% of the audience felt that consumers should pay for safety applications in their vehicles, while 77% thought that a life-saving safety application such as eCall should become compulsory in every vehicle.
A large number of demonstration cars with diverse active and preventive safety applications were presented - ranging from safety applications available on series cars to more advanced concepts such as APIA (Active Passive Integration Approach) and Assisted driver demonstrations (Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping - or Departure Warning Assistant). In addition, demonstration cars from the CarTalk2000 project were displayed.
The Continental APIA project integrates most of existing systems for active and passive safety into a single network in order to assist the driver during pre-crash situations. When braking from a speed of 100 km/h, test vehicles equipped with APIA reduce distances by 6-13 metres compared to vehicles equipped with conventional ESC and Brake Assist programmes, depending on the driving routine of the test person. A 13-metre reduction in the stopping distance means that when an APIA-equipped car has already come to a stop, the conventionally-braked car continues on at about 50 km/h - with the possibility of crashing directly into the obstruction.
The Assisted Driver demonstration showed what Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can offer with respect to the comfort and safety of the individual road user and the role of the road manager. A convincing simulation showed the roadmap to the assisted driving with typical scenarios until 2020. Two systems (Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping- or Departure Warning Assistant) were demonstrated on the test track.
The Belonitor demonstration gave an idea of the possibilities of changing driver habits by rewarding safe behaviour on the road. The project has been testing driver behaviour in 65 test vehicles since February 2005, and will analyse the behaviour change in three distinct steps: before installation of the HMI unit, while the HMI unit is giving hints on safe distance and safe speed, and after the HMI unit is removed to see if the driver learned from the experience. Project results should show how people respond to driving advice and how they change their behaviour in the long-term.
The RoadWise demonstration showed the advantages of more in-vehicle information, including traffic management-related information such as map-based routing information and speed restriction warnings.
Pictures: Continental, Rijkswaterstaat, and ITS Netherlands