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Preventive and Active Safety Application

PREVENT

Preventive and Active Safety Application

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Background & policy context: 

The Integrated Project PReVENT was a European automotive industry activity co-funded by the European Commission to contribute to road safety by developing and demonstrating preventive safety applications and technologies.

Preventive safety applications help drivers to avoid or mitigate an accident through the use of in-vehicle systems which sense the nature and significance of the danger, while taking the driver's state into account. Depending on the significance and timing of the threat, the active and preventive safety systems will:

  • inform the driver as early as possible;
  • warn him or her if there is no driver reaction to the information; and
  • actively assist or ultimately intervene in order to avoid an accident or mitigate its consequences.

Preventive safety applications also help drivers to:

  • maintain a safe speed - keep a safe distance;
  • drive within the lane;
  • avoid overtaking in critical situations;
  • safely pass intersections;
  • avoid crashes with vulnerable road users;
  • and last but not least, reduce the severity of an accident if it still occurs.

Preventive safety makes use of information, communications and positioning technologies to provide solutions for improving road safety. With such technology - which can operate either autonomously on-board the vehicle or co-operatively based on vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication - the number of accidents and their severity can be reduced, leading to a decrease in the number of accidents.

Objectives: 

The goal of Integrated Project PReVENT was to contribute to the:

  • road safety goal of 50% fewer accidents by 2010 - as specified in the key action 2.3.1.1 eSafety for Road and Air Transport from the European Union;
  • competitiveness of the European automotive industry;
  • European scientific knowledge community on road transport safety;
  • congregation and cooperation of European and national organisations and their road transport safety initiatives PReVENT envisions the early availability of advanced, next generation preventive and active safety applications and enabling technologies and an accelerated deployment on European roads.

In accordance with goals above, PReVENT:

  • developed, demonstrated, tested and evaluated preventive safety applications, using advanced sensor, communication and positioning technologies integrated into on-board systems for driver assistance - facilitates the co-operation of all stakeholders leading to the earliest possible implementation of preventive/active safety systems in Europe;
  • assisted technological development and integration as well as decreased component costs;
  • contributed towards rapid market introduction and field penetration by helping to overcome major barriers including risk assessment and liability issues in introducing such systems;
  • created a greater awareness of the active safety approach (roadmaps, systems, common architecture including infrastructure, cost efficiency and benefits to the potential users) leading to increased user demands for preventive/active safety PReVENT will enable the European industry to further strengthen this position by introducing leading edge technologies while helping to reduce road accidents.
Methodology: 

PReVENT consisted of a number of subprojects in complementary function fields:

  • Safe Speed and Safe Following: these functions help drivers keep or choose a speed or inter-vehicle distance, allowing them to safely cope with the road situation they will meet in the following seconds. The approach is mostly autonomous.
  • Lateral Support: this field deals with autonomous applications focusing on the lateral areas of a vehicle to help drivers keep their vehicle at the safest position in the lane, as well as warn them if the vehicle is about to run off the road.
  • Intersection Safety: this function field covers the investigation of autonomous and cooperative approaches to safety applications dedicated at approaching or passing intersections. Vulnerable Road Users and collision MitigationCollision mitigation and pre-crash protection systems focus on reduction of injuries and fatalities in case of unavoidable crashes (in particular during the last 2-3 seconds before the impact). Collision mitigation by braking significantly reduces kinetic energy of impact, thereby greatly reducing crash severity.
  • Cross-functional Activities: an additional cross-functional field covering methodologies, common architectures, liability issues, and technology or standardisation oriented activities safeguards a common approach. In 2007, a common Safety Application Roadshow will be organised, involving all project participants to exhibit the project results and create awareness as an important milestone for the preparation of the European market. The subprojects and Roadshow organisation are coordinated by the Integrated Project Management, which ensures a common vision, synergies at activity level and the requisite guidance to successfully reach the objectives of the project.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

PREVENT developed, tested and assessed the range of safety applications contributing to road safety. As a result, prototypes were demonstrated. Generically, the main technological results can be explained as follows:

For Safe speed & Safe following:

  • Communication technologies to improve the detection, locating and evaluation of hazards
  • New sensorial devices integrating obstacle detection and communication
  • For Lateral Support & Driver Monitoring
  • Lane-keeping support system for situations with poor road and environmental conditions

For Intersection Safety:

  • Concepts for sensors and communication aimed to road markings and crossing traffic recognition
  • For Vulnerable Road Users & Collision Mitigation
  • Active 3D sensor technology for pre-crash and blind spot surveillance
  • Location and classification of obstacles (cars, pedestrians, bikes,etc.)

and Cross-functional:

  • Concepts for advanced sensors & sensor data fusion
  • Safety-enhanced digital maps for ADAS applications
  • Generic impact assessment for all functions

Technical Implications

PReVENT project went into action in Versailles, France

On 19-20 September, the EC-supported Integrated Project PReVENT (PReVENTive and Active Safety Applications) held a large and very successful exhibition of technologies for safer road traffic this week in Versailles, France.

The event received strong political support with the attendance of many VIPs including European Commissioner for DG Information Society & Media, Viviane Reding,and the French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Valérie Pécresse, who participated in demonstrations of the latest in preventive vehicle safety. A large number of representatives of the press turned out as well to experience the demonstrations which included simulators and over twenty-five vehicles.

With a wide range and variety of applications that help drivers to watch their speed and lane departure, all the way to those that brake to help to mitigate the damage in case of an unavoidable collision, the PReVENT in Action! Exhibition delivered what it promised - an amazing array of demonstrations of what’s to come in future road safety.

Giving the end-user an idea of what's to come

On 22 September, the PReVENT partners brought their experimental vehicles to the public. Prototype cars were showcased in front of the magnificent Versailles palace - effectively opening research directly to the masses. This symbolic gesture fostered hands-on awareness of the upcoming technology and car of the future.

Policy implications

The Integrated Project PReVENT was a European automotive industry activity co-funded by the European Commission to contribute to road safety by developing and demonstrating preventive safety applications and technologies.

Preventive safety applications help drivers to avoid or mitigate an accident through the use of in-vehicle systems which sense the nature and significance of the danger, while taking the driver's state into account.

Lead Organisation: 

Daimler Ag

Address: 
Mercedesstrasse
70327 Stuttgart
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0
Partner Organisations: 

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Address: 
Templergraben
52062 Aachen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universite Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1

Address: 
Avenue Centrale, Domaine Universitaire 621
38041 GRENOBLE
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Centre For Research And Technology-Hellas

Address: 
6th km. CHARILAOU-THERMI ROAD
361 THERMI-THESSALONIKI
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universita Degli Studi Di Siena

Address: 
VIA BANCHI DI SOTTO 55
SIENA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Nederlands Organisation For Applied Scientific Research

Address: 
Schoemakerstraat 97
6060 DELFT
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Transver Gmbh

Address: 
Maximilianstrasse
80538 Munchen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Navteq

Address: 
De Run 1115
-5503 LB Veldhoven
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Siemens Vdo Trading B.v.

Address: 
NIEUWPOORTSTRAAT 5
1055RZ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Audi Aktiengesellschaft

Address: 
-
85045 Ingolstadt
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tele Atlas N.v.

Address: 
REITSCHEWEG 7 F
5232 BX 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Regienov

Address: 
Quai Alphonse le Gallo 13/15
92100 BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universita Degli Studi Di Trento

Address: 
Via Belenzani
38100 Trento
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Volvo Bus Corporation

Address: 
Fästningsvägen 1
40508 Gothenburg
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen Gmbh

Address: 
SUESTERFELDSTRASSE 200
52072 AACHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universita Degli Studi Di Parma

Address: 
Via Universita
43100 Parma
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Bayerische Motoren Werke Ag

Address: 
Petuelring 130
80809 MUNICH
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Trw Limited

Address: 
Stratford Road
Solihull
B90 4AX
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Institut National De Recherche En Informatique Et Automatique

Address: 
Domaine de Voluceau- Rocquencourt
B.P. 105 LE CHESNAY
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ministerie Van Verkeer En Waterstaat

Address: 
Plesmanweg 1
2500 EX DEN HAAG
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Bmw Forschung Und Technik Gmbh

Address: 
HANAUER STRASSE 46
80992 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Lund University, Department Of Technology And Society

Address: 
Paradisgatan 5
22100 LUND
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Centro Ricerche Fiat - Societa Consortile Per Azioni

Address: 
Strada Torino, 50
10043 ORBASSANO (TO)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Laboratoire Central Des Ponts Et Chaussees

Address: 
BOULEVARD LEFEBVRE 58
75732 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Irion Management Consulting Gmbh

Address: 
Taegermoosstrasse 10
78462 Konstanz
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ford Werke Gmbh

Address: 
HENRY FORD STRASSE 1
50725 KOELN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Volkswagen

Address: 
Berliner Ring 2
1894 WOLFSBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Robert Bosch Gmbh

Address: 
Robert-Bosch Platz
70839 Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Technische Universitaet Chemnitz

Address: 
Strasse Der Nationen 62
9111 Chemnitz
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Imita Ab

Address: 
HOESTBRUKSVAEGEN 7
226 60 LUND
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Niedersaechsisches Ministerium Fuer Wirtschaft, Arbeit Und Verkehr

Address: 
FRIEDRICHSWALL 1
30159 HANNOVER
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Signalbau Huber Gmbh

Address: 
BODENSEESTRASSE 113
81243 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ibeo Automobile Sensor Gmbh

Address: 
FAHRENKROEN 125
22179 HAMBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Hochschule Fuer Technik Und Wirtschaft Des Saarlandes

Address: 
GOEBENSTRASSE 40
66117 SAARBRUECKEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Blaupunkt Gmbh

Address: 
ROBERT-BOSCH-STRASSE 200
31139 HILDESHEIM
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Delphi Delco Electronics Europe Gmbh

Address: 
VORM EICHHOLZ 1
42119 WUPPERTAL
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Lewicki Microelectronic Gmbh

Address: 
ALLEE 35
89610 OBERDISCHINGEN / ULM
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus

Address: 
Vuorimiehentie
1000 ESPOO
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€0

Sagem Défense Sécurité

Address: 
Le Ponant de Paris27, rue Leblanc
PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universite D'evry-Val D'essonne

Address: 
BOULEVARD FRANCOIS MITTERAND 23
91025 EVRY
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Volvo Personvagnar Ab

Address: 
Avd 50090 Hb3S
405 31 Goteborg
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Trl Limited

Address: 
Crowthorne Housenine Mile Ride
Wokingham
RG40 3GA
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Philips Technologie Gmbh Forschungslaboratorien Aachen

Address: 
WEISSHAUSSTRASSE 2
52066 AACHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Navigon Ag

Address: 
SCHOTTMUELLERSTRASSE 20 A
20251 HAMBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tele Atlas B.v.

Address: 
MOUTSTRAAT 132
9000 GENT
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tele Atlas Deutschland Gmbh

Address: 
AM NEUEN HORIZONT
31177 HARSUM
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Association Of European Railway Industries

Address: 
avenue Louise 221/11
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€0

Peugeot Citroen Automobiles S.a.

Address: 
Route de Gizy
78140 VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Siemens Ag

Address: 
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover

Address: 
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

National Technical University Of Athens

Address: 
Heroon Polytechniou 9 (polytechnic campus)
15780 ZOGRAFOS
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique

Address: 
3 rue Michel-Ange
75794 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Frauenhofer Geselschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.

Address: 
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems

Address: 
Patission
10682 Athens
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Moog Fcs B.v.

Address: 
PESETAWEG 53
2153PJ NIEUW VENNEP
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Fundacion Cidaut

Address: 
Parque Tecnologico De Boecillo, Parcela
47151 Valladolid
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tele Atlas Italia S.r.l.

Address: 
VIA MESSINA 38/C
20100 MILANO
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universitaet Passau

Address: 
Innstraße 41
94032 PASSAU
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

European Center For Information And Communication Technologies Gmbh

Address: 
Ernst-Reuter-Platz
10587 Berlin
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tele Atlas Scandinavia Aps

Address: 
SOVANGSVEJ 1
2650 HVIDOVRE
Denmark
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tele Atlas Data 's-Hertogenbosch B.v.

Address: 
REITSCHEWEG 7F
5232BX 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0