The international Celtic Plus Cooperative Mobility Services of the Future (CoMoSeF) project recently concluded, yielding a communication system linking cars and drivers with a host of road-side devices that provide information on weather, road conditions, and traffic incidents. The CoMoSeF project brought together the efforts of enterprises and research institutions in Finland, France, Luxembourg, Romania, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey. The goal of the project was to develop tools that can ease the implementation of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) that will make possible "cooperative driving."
"As it proliferates, cooperative driving based on communication and data exchange between vehicles and road network systems will noticeably improve traffic safety," says Johan Scholliers, principal scientist at Finland's VTT Technical Research Center.
Cooperative driving is expected to be a part of everyday life for drivers by the 2020s. Among the devices developed and tested during the CoMoSeF project was a roadside weather-monitoring station run by the Finnish Meteorological Institute that relays weather updates to vehicles in the vicinity using either short-range WLAN-based technology or the mobile phone network. Another roadside unit uses a camera and laser scanner to monitor a highway ramp for fog conditions.
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