Telefot: First achievements and results from fots on aftermarket and nomadic devices in vehicles C3 - 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and ITS America Annual Meeting 2011
Paper in proceeding, 2011
This paper discusses the status and first results achieved in TeleFOT (Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and nomadic Devices in vehicles), a Large Scale European research project within the 7th Framework Programme. The project aims at assessing the impacts of driver support functions on the driving task via Field Operational Tests (FOT), involving large fleets of test drivers in real-life driving conditions across Europe. Up to 3000 drivers are involved in the tests, which are organized in three test communities in Northern (Finland, Sweden), Central (Germany, UK, France) and Southern (Greece, Italy, Spain) Europe. The TeleFOT FOTs are planned in two phases: first, long term testing will involve a large number of vehicles testing drivers using mature functions provided to the driver on an aftermarket or nomadic device platform and in real-life driving conditions. In the second phase, detailed testing to support the interpretation of the results from the large scale tests will be carried out with a limited number of subjects driving instrumented cars. The TeleFOT's scientific and technological objectives include studying different levels of impacts on drivers and society, including usability and user acceptance, safety, efficiency, mobility and socio-economic impacts on the transport system. The paper presents the impact areas studied in TeleFOT as well as a description of the Field Operational Tests carried out in TeleFOT, and it concludes with the main achievements, results and lessons learned so far in the project mainly leaning on some first results from the pilot test phase.