Finished Projects

2BESAFE is an innovative program of Research under the Seventh Framework Program. Its main objectives are the research on crash causes and human error, the first naturalistic driving study involving instrumented Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) and on motorcycle rider risk awareness and perception. It also aims to develop new research tools to support the research program, to do in-depth research on the factors that underlie driver failures and to develop the recommendations for practical countermeasures for enhancing PTW rider safety.

ICCS’s main role in the project is as Work Package Leader in Socio-Cognitive Analysis of PTW and to add value to the project’s research into the Human Factors within the context of PTW Riders.

http://www.2besafe.eu/

Automated Driving Applications and Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles 

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AdaptIVe will enhance the performance and improve the acceptance of automated driving of cars and trucks. The project develops new and integrated automated functions to improve traffic safety by minimizing the effects of human errors and to enhance traffic efficiency by smoother flows and reduced congestion.The approach is based on a shared control concept, assuring proper collaboration between the driver and the automation system. This is realised using cooperative vehicle technologies, advanced obstacle sensors and adaptive schemes where the level of automation dynamically responds to the situation and driver status.

The project will demonstrate and evaluate eight advanced vehicles – seven cars and one truck – with various combinations of automated functions. These implementations will be based on the needs of different environments and levels of traffic complexity, including motorways, urban scenarios and close-distance manoeuvres. Several common features developed in these vehicles will establish fundamental building blocks for the future exploitation of automated driving, in terms of architecture, fault-tolerance, and human factors. Communication technologies will be employed as a key enabler of highly automated schemes supporting cooperative traffic and improving road safety.

In addition to the technological and ergonomic aspects, AdaptIVe will address important legal issues that might impact on the successful market introduction of automated systems; in particular product liability and road traffic laws. It will identify the legal implications for manufacturers and drivers and examine the need for corresponding

changes in regulation. By demonstrating these results, AdaptIVe will significantly improve the knowledge base for automated driving and strengthen the position of European industries in the area of Intelligent Vehicles and road safety.

ICCS main role is to contribute in the specification, development and testing of the environment perception platform for SP4 demonstrator vehicles (by Ford and Daimler). Focus of the environment perception in SP4 is to enable automation in close-distance scenarios like in automated parking and stop and go functions. ICCS actively leads the WP42 (Interactions with the rest of the project as well as other projects) and WP45 (Sensor fusion & perception) and is also member of the project Steering Committee and Technical Expert Group. It also leads the task of project Liaison manager and is responsible for promoting contact with related projects on automation. For more information please visit: https://www.adaptive-ip.eu/ 

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AIDE is an integrated project, funded in terms of the 6th European Framework; the project aimed to generate the knowledge and develop methodologies and human-machine interface technologies required for safe and efficient integration of ADAS, IVIS and nomad devices into the driving environment. The IP has designed, developed and validated a generic Adaptive Integrated Driver-vehicle InterfacE (AIDE) that employs innovative concepts and technologies in order to: (1) maximise the efficiency, and hence the safety benefits, of advanced driver assistance systems, (2) minimise the level of workload and distraction imposed by in-vehicle information systems and nomad devices and (3) enable the potential benefits of new in-vehicle technologies and nomad devices in terms of mobility and comfort, without compromising safety.

ICCS led the 3rd sub-project which involved the actual design and development of the adaptive and integrated driver-vehicle interface, was responsible for the assessment of the AIDE results and was the dissemination manager of the project.

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More information available here:www.aide-eu.org

 AQUA KNowledge and Innovation transfer for water savinG in tHe mediTerranean basin (AQUAKNIGHT)

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The overall objectives of AQUAKNIGHT are:

  • To contribute to the protection of the environment by achieving a more efficient use of water resources;
  • Set-up a cooperation framework between stakeholders in the EUMC and MPC in order to improve the efficiency of water distribution networks.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1) the development of five parallel pilot projects in Mediterranean Partner Countries (Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia) and EU Mediterranean Countries (Cyprus and Italy) for the transfer of experience in integrated planning and management of water distribution networks

2) capacity building of water companies and public institutions concerned with water management in order to promote water saving and water demand management

3) to strengthen the links between water entities in the EUMC and  the MPC to promote synergies and collaborative actions for tackling water scarcity in the Mediterranean basin

4)To transfer the knowledge from EUMC to MPC on best practice and state-of-the-art techniques for efficient water management.

ICCS is the project coordinator. The ICCS will also provide technical support in the implementation of the pilots in Cyprus and Jordan where they will investigate the use of the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to detect and locate water leaks that are usually very difficult to find with other methods (e.g. small water leaks or leaks in non-metallic pipelines (plastic/PVC etc.).

More information about the project can be found in the following website: http://www.aquaknight.eu

Project co-funded by the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme.

 

 

Project co-funded by the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme.

AutoNet2030 shall develop and test a co-operative automated driving technology, based on a decentralised decision-making strategy which is enabled by mutual information sharing among nearby vehicles. The project is aiming for a 2020-2030 deployment time horizon, taking into account the expected preceding introduction of co-operative communication systems and sensor based lane-keeping/cruise-control technologies. By taking this approach, a strategy can be worked out for the gradual introduction of fully automated driving systems, which makes the best use of the widespread existence of co-operative systems in the near-term and makes the deployment of fully automated driving systems beneficial for all drivers already from its initial stages.

The main idea is to achieve intelligent decision-making in fully automated vehicles through local group formation, by using co-operative communications to exchange input data and maneuvering control commands. Such co-operation is meant not only among automated vehicles, but extends also to manually driven vehicles; automated vehicles will locally coordinate the maneuvering of all surrounding vehicles, making driving thereby more predictable and safer also for manually driven cooperative vehicles. This system shall be optimized to make safe, predictable, and efficient maneuvering decisions. The control algorithm shall be aware of the precise dynamics of surrounding vehicles, the wider view of lane interconnections/destinations, and the possible alternative maneuvers to select in case of unexpected events. Drivers will receive maneuvering instructions
on their HMI; the ergonomy and non-distraction of this new user interface shall be validated. In summary,
the automotive industry will have answers for the upcoming transportation challenges of ever-growing urban conglomerations and will have a deployment strategy of automated driving which benefits all drivers already during the transition period towards full transport automation.

ICCS role in AutoNet2030 will be to design the HMI for advised maneuvering and contribute to its validation, adapt available perception modules and algorithms, developed in previous projects, to the specific needs of AutoNet2030. Finally, ICCS will design the driver reaction analysis algorithm and also contribute the HMI design guidelines into the European Statement on Principle (ESoP) for HMI design.

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More information can be found in the AutoNet2030 website here: http://www.autonet2030.eu

 

The objectives of AWAKE Project was to:

  • To develop a Hypovigilance Diagnosis Module (HDM), that will detect and diagnose in real-time driver hypovigilance
  • To develop an optimum, modular, on-time Driver Warning System (DWS), using acoustic, visual and haptic means with different warning levels, according to driver’s vigilance status, and the estimated risk level of the situation
  • To develop a Traffic Risk Estimation (TRE) module, so that HDM can match its output to the actual traffic situation and to optimize the DWS provided warning
  • To integrate all these modules in a middle, upper class passenger car and a heavy vehicle demonstrator and profoundly test them in 18 pilots all over Europe
  • To significantly reduce accidents related to driver’s hypovigilance and enhance user acceptance of driver monitoring systems

 

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CityMobil has demonstrated how automating road vehicles can lead to different transport concepts, from partly automated car-share schemes through CyberCars and Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) which can make urban mobility more sustainable. However CityMobil has also highlighted three main barriers to the deployment of automated road vehicles: the implementation framework, the legal framework and the unknown wider economic effect.
The CityMobil2 goal is to address these barriers and finally to remove them. To smooth the implementation process CityMobil2 will remove the uncertainties which presently hamper procurement and implementation of automated systems. On one hand CityMobil2 features 12 cities which will revise their mobility plans and adopt wherever they will prove effective automated transport systems.
Then CityMobil2 will select the best 5 cases (among the 12 cities) to organise demonstrators. The project will procure two sets of automated vehicles and deliver them to the five most motivated cities for a 6 to 8 months demonstration in each city.
To change the legal framework CityMobil2 will establish a workgroup with scientists, system builders, cities, and the national certification authorities. The workgroup will to deliver a proposal for a European Directive to set a common legal framework to certify automated transport systems.
Finally an industrial study will assess the industrial potential of automated systems on European economy and any eventual negative effect and make a balance of them.
ICCS in this project is working with the city study of the city of Trikala and also with the technical specifications of the vehicles that will be selected in the project's course.
CityMobil has demonstrated how automating road vehicles can lead to different transport concepts, from partly automated car-share schemes through CyberCars and Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) which can make urban mobility more sustainable. However CityMobil has also highlighted three main barriers to the deployment of automated road vehicles: the implementation framework, the legal framework and the unknown wider economic effect.

The CityMobil2 goal is to address these barriers and finally to remove them. To smooth the implementation process CityMobil2 will remove the uncertainties which presently hamper procurement and implementation of automated systems. On one hand CityMobil2 features 12 cities which will revise their mobility plans and adopt wherever they will prove effective automated transport systems.Then CityMobil2 will select the best 5 cases (among the 12 cities) to organise demonstrators. The project will procure two sets of automated vehicles and deliver them to the five most motivated cities for a 6 to 8 months demonstration in each city.

To change the legal framework CityMobil2 will establish a workgroup with scientists, system builders, cities, and the national certification authorities. The workgroup will to deliver a proposal for a European Directive to set a common legal framework to certify automated transport systems.Finally an industrial study will assess the industrial potential of automated systems on European economy and any eventual negative effect and make a balance of them.

ICCS in this project is working with the city study of the city of Trikala and also with the technical specifications of the vehicles that will be selected in the project's course.

 

More information available here: http://www.citymobil2.eu/en/

 

More information on Compass4D can be found here: http://www.compass4d.eu

 

COMUNICAR project intends to design and develop an on-vehicle multimedia HMI (Human Machine Interface) able to harmonise the huge volume of messages oncoming from the new and traditional functions for the driving support (e.g. ADAS such as Adaptative Cruise Control, Lateral and Longitudinal Control, Collision Warning, etc.; telematic services such as navigation, traffic and weather information, distance diagnostic, messaging, Internet, etc.). The simultaneous information coming from these systems can be a benefit for the driver and a social environment - in terms of safety, comfort, increase of alertness - if and only if the managing messages HMI will be developed taking into the account user needs and ergonomic requirements.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • to assess the driver needs of information;
  • to define which driving support functions (e.g. traditional information, ADAS, infomobility, etc.) produce useful information for the driver and which is the best way to give the messages, taking into account the workload and the different conditions of  traffic scenario;
  • to design, develop and test an easy-to-use multimedia HMI using innovative interaction elements;
  • to promote the standardisation of the information layouts designed;
  • to investigate all measures to encourage the exploitation of the multimedia HMI.

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EdcAR – ‘Engineering data in cross platform AR’ outcomes a versatile solution for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) visualizations in various space applications, providing high precision tracking in large spaces, support for multi format space engineering data, domain agnostic architecture, and support for cross operation system platforms.

Augmented reality involves superimposing virtual objects on the user’s view of the real world, providing novel ways of visualisation for a wide range of application areas. In augmented reality, camera-captured views from real-world environments are augmented with digital 3D objects and effects in real time. Augmented reality has been predicted to be one of the most likely areas of innovation to alter research, fields of industry. Many of today’s AR applications have been known for more than 15 years, but the technology (processing power, camera and display technologies, mobile phones, tablets, etc.) has just recently matured to a level that makes it feasible for practical use. Taking advantage of today’s low-cost mobile devices and networks, together with advances in the required camera tracking software, augmented reality has started to show success in industrial application in the last couple of years

The aim of EUCLIDE (FP5) is the development of an innovative human centred driver support system to be operable in case of driver impaired or erroneous behaviour under different traffic scenarios. The integrated system merges the functionality of two different sensors (far infrared and microwave radar) to support the driver in reduced visibility, due to night and/or adverse weather conditions, and to warn the driver even in good visibility, when dangerous situations occur. Data derived from the two sensors are being processed and combined to enhance the performance of the system well beyond what it is possible by a combination of individually processed sensor data at the HMI (Human Machine Interface) level. The definition of the most effective strategy to support, when needed, the driver with information will allow the development of a system to increase effectively drivers’ comfort and safety. The advantage will be further increased by the introduction of the concept of human machine interface, which is no more “stand alone” but will be designed to be open to other on-vehicle data/ information flow.

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euroFOT is a large scale collaborative project, funded in terms of the 7th European Framework; the project  is establishing a comprehensive, technical, and socio/economic assessment programme for evaluating the impact of intelligent vehicle systems on safety, the environment, driver efficiency. The project is assessing several technically mature systems using vehicles that include both passenger cars and trucks across Europe. A variety of intelligent vehicle systems (IVS) are being tested on a large scale in real driving conditions. Some 1500 IVS-equipped vehicles will be driven over the course of one year, tested on roads across Europe. The objectives of the testing are to:
  • Assess various aspects of in-vehicle systems, such as their capabilities and performance, and the driver’s behaviour and interactions with those systems
  • Gain a better understanding of the short- and long-term socio-economic impact of such systems on safety, efficiency and driver comfort
  • Provide early publicity of the systems to the consumer and create wider acceptance of them

The results of euroFOT are expected to be a major contributor to the processes of deploying ICT systems for transport across Europe. The insights gained during the project will help policymakers decide on the right policy framework, and business leaders to make informed decisions on the best way to bring these technologies to the market.

The role of ICCS in the project encompasses application development and adaptation, development of logging tools and platforms, data analysis S/W development and small scale test bed.

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More information available here: www.eurofot-ip.eu

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