The European field-operational test on active-safety functions in vehicles (euroFOT) project recently completed the first-ever pan-European field operational test to assess the benefits of intelligent vehicle systems (IVS) on traffic safety and efficiency.
The euroFOT project relies on a range of new smart technologies that could reduce the number of accidents, save fuel, cut emissions, and reduce traffic jams. The project involved collecting data from 1,000 advanced systems-equipped cars and trucks for more than a year. The new technologies included adaptive cruise control (ACC), which uses radar to maintain a pre-set distance from the vehicle in front, and collision warning systems that alert the driver to potential front-end collisions. Cars equipped with both ACC and forward-collision warning systems could result in up to 5.7 percent fewer accidents that result in injury or death, according to euroFOT researchers.
"The data shows that there are widespread social and economic benefits from IVS technologies, in addition to avoiding potential accidents," says Ford Research & Advanced Engineering Europe's Aria Etemad. The researchers say that in the future, further analysis of the data could lead to new systems that support drivers' need to improve their safety, comfort, and driving habits.
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