Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
An official website of the European UnionAn official EU website
English (en)
TRIMIS

TeleFOT - Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and Nomadic Devices in Vehicles

TELEFOT

TeleFOT - Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and Nomadic Devices in Vehicles

Call for proposal: 
FP7-ICT-2007-2
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

TeleFOT was a Large Scale Collaborative Project under the Seventh Framework Programme, co-funded by the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media and within the strategic objective 'ICT for Cooperative Systems'.

Objectives: 

The objectives of the TeleFOT project were to assess the impacts of functions provided by after-market and nomadic devices in vehicles and raise wide awareness of their traffic safety potential. These devices can provide different types of driver support functions, however, there is limited information with regard to their safety and other impacts.

Methodology: 

The functions to be tested covered two broad areas and promoted:

  1. Safe driving
  2. Economic and fuel efficient driving

More specifically, these were Speed information, Traffic information, Road weather information and 'Green driving' support. The impacts were assessed on levels ranging from usability, behaviour and incidents, safety, Green Driving and efficiency, to the impacts on the transport system. Attention was also given to possible negative impacts, as smartphones in particular, are not originally designed for vehicle use and navigators may have problems with the fixing and positioning in the cockpit. The project also aimed at speeding up the penetration of systems able to 'see' beyond drivers' field of vision in conditions where good situation awareness is needed. TeleFOT provided opportunities to test the impacts of similar functions that future cooperative systems will provide after their development challenges have been overcome in the coming years.

In fact, aftermarket and nomadic devices will provide an alternative to some important cooperative driving and ADAS functions for many years to come. The concept comprised of creating three European test communities: Northern, Central and Southern. About 3000 drivers participated in the tests and the project had strong national support and no resources were needed for setting up the testing infrastructures. Business models were also studied. It was necessary to have test communities spanning from North to South, as traffic behaviour and reactions to safety measures in Europe are very different.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

TeleFOT constituted the largest pan-European field trial of functions provided by in-vehicle aftermarket and nomadic devices that has been conducted to date. During its lifetime, the project has utilised and further developed the methodology of Field Operational Tests to assess the impacts of functions provided by these devices in several domains including safety, efficiency, environment, mobility and user uptake. Some of the issues addressed within the FOTs included whether the functions cause distraction, improve traffic efficiency, increase travel speeds and help the driver to avoid congestion.

Mobility implications:

  • Although the absolute impacts of driver support functions that aftermarket and nomadic devices provide are not high, they are positive in various dimensions of personal mobility.

Efficiency implications:

  • Navigation support and traffic information is of primary importance for improving traffic efficiency
  • Speed information /alerts provide longitudinal control but overall their effects seem to be secondary
  • Green driving appears to have a conflicting effect to traffic efficiency
    • Increases travelling time
    • Decreases time spent with dangerously small headways (when paired with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)
  • The implementation of traffic information is positive from the perspective of the driver, however, the macroscopic effect for other road users and road operators requires further studying with various penetration rates to holistically assess traffic efficiency
  • Actual, long-term impacts will be assessed within this decade, both within Europe and world-wide, as their exponential penetration is apparently inevitable
  • The future innovative devices will most likely integrate more complex functions and will lead the way to hyper systems and the deployment of enhanced co-operative systems

Environmental impact:

Navigation support, traffic information, speed limit information / speed alert could not be proved as being beneficial for the environment with the available data. Additionally, no negative influences of these functions could be recognised

Safety implications:

In general, only very small changes in indicators for safety were observed and so it cannot be concluded that the functions have a significant impact on safety.

Strategy targets

  • An efficient and integrated mobility system
  • Innovating for the future: technology and behaviour
Lead Organisation: 

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt

Address: 
TEKNIIKANTIE 21
02150 ESPOO
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€1,715,035
Partner Organisations: 

Magneti Marelli Sistemi Elettronici S.p.a.

Address: 
VIALE ALDO BORLETTI 61/63
20011 CORBETTA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Blom, Sistemas Geoespaciales, S.l.u.

Address: 
Calle Alcala 492
28027 Madrid
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€76,500

Vaegverket

Address: 
ROEDA VAEGEN 1
781 87 BORLAENGE
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€50,262

Mira Limited

Address: 
WATLING STREET
NUNEATON WARWICKSHIRE
CV10 0TU
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€358,125

Broadbit Hungary Fejleszto Es Tanacsado Kft

Address: 
Kolozsvar Utca
Budapest
1028
Hungary
EU Contribution: 
€258,150

Orange France

Address: 
Avenue Nelson Mandela 1
94745 arcueil cedex
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis

Address: 
Charilaou Thermi Road
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€353,250

Mediamobile Nordic Oy

Address: 
Jamsankatu
520 Helsinki
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€44,759

Fundacion Cidaut

Address: 
PLAZA VICENTE ALEIXANDRE CAMPOS 2 PQ TECNOLOGICO DE BOECILLO 209
47151 VALLADOLID
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€555,100

Centro Ricerche Fiat - Societa Consortile Per Azioni

Address: 
Strada Torino, 50
10043 ORBASSANO (TO)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€339,360

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Address: 
Templergraben
52062 Aachen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€426,800

Universite De Technologie De Belfort - Montbeliard

Address: 
RUE DU CHATEAU 10
90400 SEVENANS
France
EU Contribution: 
€216,000

Elektrobit Oyj

Address: 
Automaatiotie
90460 Oulunsalo
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€0

Trafikverket

Address: 
RodaVagen 1
781 89 BORLANGE
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€246,423

Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo Sa

Address: 
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
28050 Madrid
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€190,165

Meta System S.p.a

Address: 
Via Majakovskij 10 Bcde
42100 Reggio Emilia
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€135,000

Emtele Oy

Address: 
Helakallionkatu
33580 Tampere
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€375,480

Electronic Trafic Sa

Address: 
Calle Tres Forques 147
46014 Valencia
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€325,486

Rucker Lypsa Sl

Address: 
Carretera Del Prat Poligono I Parcela 65 B
8940 Cornella
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€96,312

Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil - Club E. V. (Adac E.v.)

Address: 
Am Westpark 8
81373 MUNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€168,500

Loughborough University

Address: 
Ashby Road
Loughborough
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€1,230,900

Here Global B.v.

Address: 
KENNEDYPLEIN 222
5611 ZT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€137,200

Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems

Address: 
Patission
10682 Athens
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€665,804

Universita Degli Studi Di Modena E Reggio Emilia

Address: 
VIA UNIVERSITA 4
41121 MODENA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€461,360

Cgi Suomi Oy

Address: 
Garverigranden 2
380 Helsinki
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€67,808

Magneti Marelli S.p.a.

Address: 
VIALE ALDO BORLETTI 61/63
20011 MILANO
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€178,419

Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola Ab

Address: 
-
41296 GOTHENBURG
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€1,013,408

Destia Oy

Address: 
Kumpulantie 11
520 Helsinki
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€17,395
Technologies: 
Development phase: