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Bringing Intelligent Vehicles to the road

19th ITS World Congress preliminary programme revealed

ITS & Energy Efficiency: Driving down motoring costs May 2012


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Welcome!

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Bringing Intelligent Vehicles to the road

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19th ITS World Congress preliminary programme revealed

Welcome to our 2nd edition!

11 ERTICO Partnership events 12 ITS & Efficiency: Driving down motoring costs

The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are solely those of the authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of ERTICO or its Partners.

Buoyed by the warm reception of the

The 19th ITS World Congress, also

first edition of our eMagazine, we

known as ITS Vienna 2012, will kick

have been hard at work on bringing

off on 22 October for the following

you the most interesting stories from

week. More information, speakers,

the world of ITS for our second issue.

events are to come but we have

This month we concentrate on two

the unique opportunity to guide you

of the year’s key events: European

through the preliminary programme

project euroFOT’s final event and the

and to give you the anticipation of

19th ITS World Congress in Vienna.

what will happen during this neverending week.

After

3

years

of

research

for

Last but not least, we look at

evaluating the impact of advance

passenger vehicle emission standards,

driver assistance system (ADAS) in

their impact on fuel costs for drivers

real traffic situations, euroFOT has

and highlight the importance of ITS

come to an end. Over a year 1 000

in reducing emissions and saving

equipped vehicles have been driven

motorists money.

and tested on European roads. The project results will be shared with

We hope this latest issue of the

stakeholders this June (26 and 27).

ERTICO eMagazine will pique your interest as we strive to bring you more news and analysis from the world of ITS next month.

The Editorial Team


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Bringing Intelligent Vehicles to the road by Henry Wasung

It is axiomatic within the ITS industry that many if not all of the problems faced by Europe’s roads can be tackled through the application of ITS in various forms. Road safety, traffic and fuel efficiency, air quality, journey times – even the driving experience itself – there is no aspect of road transport that ITS applications can’t improve. But do the general public – the final consumers of most of these applications - agree? And what happens when they actually get their hands on these applications? Do they use and appreciate them? Would they pay for them, demand them? The European Commission strongly

bring when it comes to safety, traffic

backs advanced driver assistance

and fuel efficiency. The euroFOT final

Longitudinal control functions

systems

widespread

event will showcase the results of

deployment. A large scale European-

over 100 terabytes of data collected

level FOT is an important means of

on European roads over the course

verifying the real-world impacts of

of 12 months, as well as present

new systems at a European level and

the lessons learnt during this unique

• FCW: Forward Collision Warning • ACC: Adaptive Cruise Control • SRS: Speed Regulation System

in particular to verify that European-

experiment.

and

their

level R&D has the potential to deliver identifiable benefits.

The importance of a FOT is that ordinary drivers’ behaviour is studied

On 26-27 June 2012, the results of

in real traffic. What is needed is

the first large-scale European Field

to understand what the effect of

Operational Test (FOT) on active

using these systems is, and what

safety systems – euroFOT – will be

the impact on the driver and his

unveiled. The aim is to show the

behaviour in real-world traffic is.

public – as well as decision makers

This is why a comprehensive array of

and ITS stakeholders - the positive

28 organisations - car manufacturers,

impact active safety systems can

suppliers,

universities,

research

Lateral control functions • BLIS: Blind Spot Information System • LDW: Lane Departure Warning and IW: Impairment Warning Advanced applications • CSW: Curve Speed Warning • FEA: Fuel Efficiency Advisor • SafeHMI: Safe Human Machine Interaction


institutes and other stakeholders –

What is the key to a successful and

a well designed package of all the

from ten different countries joined

ultimately useful FOT? A statistically

above elements.

together in May 2008 in this EU

significant number of real-life test

co-funded project. Their goal: to

drivers or vehicles? Massive amounts

rigorously assess the effectiveness

of data? A sound analysis of driver

of eight active safety systems on

behaviour

actual roads with real drivers, while

Unobtrusive monitoring equipment

determining how they perform with

and well-designed questionnaires?

regard to the intended objectives.

Transferability

and

user

and

acceptance?

comparability

of results? Of course the answer is

FESTA Methodology FESTA, an EU co-funded project running from November 2007 to April 2008, was devoted to creating a methodology for field operational tests.

To this end, euroFOT used the methodology

developed

by

the

FESTA project, dividing work into three stages: preparing, using, and analysing. With the project nearing completion, the final sub-stage of socio-economic cost benefit analysis has recently been completed. So, after one year of field testing the 8 distinct functions assisting an impressive 1200 everyday drivers with 1000 vehicles on European roads in detecting hazards, preventing

The FESTA methodology, explained in the FESTA handbook provides

accidents and making driving more

practical guidance for developing well-designed FOTs, and it also

efficient, the euroFOT consortium

ensures the comparability and transferability of FOT results.

is finalising the analysis of over

One important aspect of the FESTA methodology is the clear division of a FOT project into three stages: Preparing, Using and Analysing. It is this sequence which inspires and guides the design of the euroFOT final event exhibition.

100 terabytes of data collected on European roads over the course of 12 months. The data was collected using a multitude of sensors and devices monitoring every aspect of individual

The task of updating FESTA has now been taken over by FOT-Net which

driver behaviour in real-world traffic

has released a revised version of the FESTA handbook in 2011. An

conditions.

interactive version of the FESTA handbook is available here.

worked flat out to complete this final

The

consortium

has


5 instance, proved

to

help

reduce

fuel

consumption by 7% overall – the added value of the system thus extends beyond traffic safety. The euroFOT final event will allow ITS stakeholders, policy makers

and

the

general

public

to

see and experience the

active

safety

systems

in

simulators

-

and

talk to the euroFOT experts.

piece of the puzzle in time for the

based driver questionnaires, look

final event in June.

positive, especially when it comes to

A

user acceptance and traffic safety.

will take visitors from the design

The test drivers were somewhat

and

sceptical of the utility of the systems

considerations and data management

originally. However, when they began

through to an in-depth analysis

using them, 70% of drivers became

of results and impact and cost

convinced of their usefulness (the

benefit assessment. The opening

lane departure warning application

ceremony will feature high level

in this case).

representatives from the European

To put that massive number of 100 TB into context, 45 Terabytes (1 TB, or 1000000000000 bytes, from the Greek tera, meaning monster) are equal to the first 20 years worth of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope; and there are 235TB of data in the US Library of Congress. Clearly a huge task, and that amount

What’s more, results have shown that

of useful data deserves as much

there are positive secondary impacts

analysis as possible.

to

So far preliminary results, using time-

using

active

safety

systems:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), for

comprehensive

programme

methodology,

Commission

and

practical

the

euroFOT

consortium. In the exhibition area, visitors will experience and be guided through the euroFOT project in three sequential stages - Preparing, Using and Analysing – derived from the

The euroFOT final event will take place at Autoworld, Brussels, 26-27 June 2012. Autoworld is located in the exclusive buildings of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, one of the most beautiful locations in Brussels and an emblem of architectonic heritage. With its 250 beautifully preserved and restored cars, it is one of the most impressive collections of Europe and most probably also of the world; the perfect venue for the euroFOT final event! Address: Autoworld Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 1000 Brussels

FESTA methodology. The event is open to all upon registration, including politicians, marketing

representatives,

researchers, interested

as or

well involved

as in

others FOTs

and experts who deal with data assessment and cost-benefit analysis.


19th ITS revealed

World

A complete guide from mostremarkableITSeventof2012

Congress the

first

preliminary to

the

last

programme day

of

the

by the Editorial Team After months of meticulous work for the selection of the papers and the organisation of the sessions, the preliminary programme of the 19th ITS World Congress has finally been unveiled. With over 1 000 papers submitted from the three regions Europe, Asia-Pacific and Americas, and over 800 selected by a group of experts, this year Congress is expected to be one of the most exciting events of 2012. Manager Intelligent Systems Group.

Plenary, Executive, Technical and

Austrian Minister of Transport Doris

Scientific, Special and Interactive

Bures, and Michael Häupl, Mayor of

sessions have been organised for a

Vienna. Peter Sweatman, Chairman,

As every year, in addition to the

total of 231 meetings in four days.

and Scott Belcher, President and

Opening and Closing Ceremonies,

10 000 ITS experts, politicians and

CEO, will stand for ITS America while

three Plenary Sessions have been

industry people from all over the

Hiroyuki

organised as a “forum

world are expected to flock to Vienna

ITS Japan and Tae-ho Doh, Director

moderated by Melinda Crane. High

from 22 to 26 October and make the

General of the Road Policy Bureau -

level speakers representing public

19th ITS World Congress memorable.

Korean Ministry of Land, Transport

authorities and the private sector

and Maritime Affairs will be among

will be together all at the same time

the representatives of the Asia-Pacific

discussing present-day topics and

region.

reflecting on future actions.

Here you will find a comprehensive guide of the programme which will give you an in-depth overview of all the activities and events happening at the Congress to get to Vienna wellprepared and to make the most of this event.

Watanabe,

More

Chairman

European

of

speakers

will be represented by ERTICO - ITS Europe and Valentina Matviyenko, former Mayor of St Petersburg and now Chairman of the Federation Council, Russian Federation.

debate”

The first Plenary Session will focus on the achievements so far accomplished by ITS and future goals; political and industry leaders will describe how intelligent transport solutions are

Plenary Sessions

From the industry side, the meetings

shaping today’s transport system in

This year confirmed VIP speakers

will host Georg Kapsch, CEO of

terms of connectivity, reliability,

include European Commission Vice-

Kapsch; Vivek Badrinath, CEO of

safety, security and comfort for

Presidents Siim Kallas, responsible

Orange Business Services; and Ton

users. The session will also look

for Transport, and Neelie Kroes,

Steenman,

at

responsible

Architecture Group, and General

for

Digital

Agenda;

Vice

President

Intel

ambitions

for

integrated transport.

seamless

and


The second Plenary will look in detail

at

converging

and

new

mobile technologies, and how policy makers, industry and users can take advantage of the so-called Internet of things.

7

Special Interest sessions and stakeholders workshop 87

special

sessions

have

been

scheduled divided among the three regions

and

recurrent

sessions.

ITS Vienna 2012 Topics and Subtopics

The third and final Plenary Session

of public authorities such as the

• Optimising provision and use of infrastructure, traffic and travel data and information

will address transformations within

European Commission and national

• Intelligent infrastructure

the society such as climate change,

transport administrations; research

growing

increasing

institutes and universities; cities

urbanisation and aging population,

• Continuity and interoperability of seamless multimodal services for mobility

and regions; representatives of the

and evaluate how connectivity will

ITS industry and of the ITS national

influence global mobility.

associations; and many more.

The Conclusions’ Session will take

Topics to be discussed vary from

place on 26 October just before the

international cooperation to new ITS

3rd Plenary and the main outcomes

strategies for traffic management;

of the Congress and future views will

from deployment to certification;

be discussed.

from energy efficiency to pollution

These sessions will host interventions

congestion,

And finally the Closing Ceremony will conclude the Congress; in addition to the distinctive “Passing the Globe Ceremony” from Vienna to Tokyo - host of the ITS World Congress in 2013 - the winners of the Best Papers

reduction; from pedestrian protection to bike sharing; from driver safety issues to field operational tests (FOT); from smartphone applications to multi-modal journey planners; and much more.

Award and of the ERTICO Video Award

The

will be celebrated.

organised two sessions; the first one

Executive Sessions

ITS

Vienna

2012

Host

has

professional groundwork. The second

Programme Committee has set up

host session will instead focus on the

12 Executive Sessions and invited

necessity to build a new vision of

international

mobility to engage more people in

and public officials to share their experiences and points of view with the audience. Next

the field. Stakeholders have also organised specific

generation

technologies,

These topics will be divided into 8 subtopics: policy and strategy; innovation, technologies and standardisation; services and functions; business model and financing; impact assessment and benefits; governance, cooperation and organisation; educations, training and awareness; and users.

Programme.

International

speakers

These topics will be organised in 6 groups, each having its own dedicated room to allow delegates to follow the topic during the week.

researchers and how the education

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industry

• Sustainable, clean and energy efficient mobility

Download the Preliminary

system can assure an adequate

the

• Connected vehicles, infrastructure and users for cooperative mobility services

will be dedicated to engineers and

From Tuesday 23 October to Thursday October,

• Integrated safety and security for all users

workshops.

communication

Orange

will

internet-based

manufacturers’

focus

Specifically, on

the

perspective

car and

REGISTER NOW! Urban Mobility Day 24 October Morning session (9:00 to 10:30) Focus on the final guidelines for the deployment of ITS in urban areas developed by the Urban ITS Expert Group appointed by

traffic

mobile connectivity in vehicles (23

management

infrastructures,

October); ERTICO has planned an

vehicles

system,

GNSS

urban mobility day on Wednesday

services together with international

(24 October) and a workshop on

Afternoon session (16:00 to 17:00)

cooperation, sustainable and smart

ITS standardisation on Friday (26

- Presentations on the next steps

mobility, will be among the topics

October),

of the ERTICO initiative “ITS for

discussed at these sessions.

Commission assured some space to

applications

and

safety

devices,

while

the

European

present the results of the working

the DG MOVE of the European Commission.

Urban Mobility”.


groups

cooperation

of their ITS conference “Towards

Centre, Siemens AG Austria, the

(24 October) and organised two

first ITS specifications�. During the

OBB Train Monitoring site, the OBB

sessions on Thursday (25 October)

conference representatives of the

Traffic Management facility, and to

on

European Institutions will discuss

the Vienna Climatic Wind Tunnel. The

with the public and private sectors

number of participants is limited; if

the results of the ITS Action Plan

you wish to take part in one or more

with particular regard to legal issues

visits please book early through the

for ITS deployment and multi-modal

Congress website.

the

on

EU-USA

ongoing

EU-International

cooperation.

Technical/Scientific and Interactive Sessions International experts will host over

journey planners. The Commission

120 sessions devoted to all this year

will also present the state of play

topics and subtopics. In addition to

of the implementation of the ITS

the presentations, selected scientific

Directive.

papers will be presented during these

Demonstrations are a core part of the Congress and one of the most

European

awaited experiences of the week.

Commission and GSA will showcase the

The 30 selected demonstrations for

a

Space Expo project, a demo aiming

ITS Vienna 2012 are the outcome of

more dynamic way to exchange

to promote the European Space

the two calls in April and November

information and networking. The six

infrastructure (Galileo, EGNOS and

2011 and have been structured in five

interactive sessions will be divided

GMES) and providing Congress visitors

specific thematic areas: Cooperative

into two stages; during the first

concrete information on the benefits,

mobility; Eco mobility; Navigation;

part, 15 participants will give a

applications and services that the

ITS

short presentation (3 slides) for each

infrastructure will bring to citizens.

Public Transport. European projects

session of 90 minutes. Experts will

With a surface of 300 square metres

such as Car2Car, emporA, SCUTUM,

then gather in the so-called Market

the Space Base has already been

COSMO, and RAVE will showcase their

Square to discuss their projects,

tested by the European Commission

technologies and potentials in real

proposals, presentations face to face

in different European Cities and will

life use. These projects are examples

with the interested participants.

land in Vienna next October.

of the demonstrations; the final list

sessions. Interactive

sessions

represent

Furthermore,

Demonstrations

the

Network

Management;

and

with all the demos will be available

Ancillary events

for booking onsite.

A series of ancillary events is

Exhibition

foreseen between 20 and 22

The Exhibition area will display

October. Among the events, on

the applications of projects and

European co-funded projects

topics discussed at the Congress

(Instant

FOT-Net,

and will demonstrate practical

iCar Support and NEARCTIS),

benefits of ITS in daily life.

working

groups

Following the areas of interest:

(FRAME

Architecture

several

workshops Mobility,

meetings

Information

and

collection

and

processing; Traveller information;

IBEC - International Benefits, Evaluation, and Costs), special

Logistics; Emergency and incident

courses dealing with ITS issues (ITS-

management;

EduNet) and a BarCamp for young

Vehicle infrastructure cooperation;

scientists will take place.

Technical visits

On Monday 22 October for the second time in conjunction with the Congress

Congress participants can also book

in

(DG

their seats for 5 technical visits to the

MOVE) has organised the third edition

Austrian National Traffic Management

Europe,

the

Commission

In-vehicle

ITS;

Vulnerable road user aspects; Traffic safety

and

management;

Mode

specific ITS; and Payment systems.


9 Exhibition Opening times:

choirs in the word,

23 October 2012 - 9.30 to 17.30

Choir. The concert

24 October 2012 - 9.30 to 17.30

will be followed by a

25 October 2012 - 9.30 to 17.30

superb Vienna State

26 October 2012 - 9.30 to 14.00

the

Vienna

Congress Navigator

Boys’

An interesting special feature provided to help participants to personalise their schedules during

performance of the

the week is the Congress Navigator, a smartphone application which delivers information on sessions,

Ballet. A Welcome

speakers,

reception will take place

For the press and media

after

demonstrations

and

exhibitors

to

delegates and visitors.

the

cultural programme

This application will serve as a ticket for the public

Press and media professionals can

and

the

transport system of Vienna for that week (22-26

attend the Congress free of charge

opportunity to meet

October). The ticket is free for congress participants

on the presentation of their press

other

participants

and covers the entire city area, including all services

pass and have free access to the

and to get into the

by Wiener Linien and ÖBB (the City Airport Train is

exhibition area and the Congress

Congress mood.

not covered). The Congress Navigator is available

sessions. As every year the Congress organisers

have

assured

a

fully

equipped press room with free Wi-Fi access devoted solely to journalists and media.

On

afford

Thursday

for iPhone and Android and in mobileweb version.

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The Navigator will be available soon on the Congress

October the general

website.

public is invited to learn more about ITS at an Open Day

ERTICO and learn more about ERTICO

press

which will be structured around

Partnership and the opportunities

the

presentations from students and best

provided by it.

opportunity to participate in a press

practise examples from ITS school

breakfast organised by the hosts of

projects.

the Congress where they will meet

doctoral and master thesis will be

participants

national

awarded by Austrian Minister Doris

magnificent Hofburg Vienna for the

Bures. A reception dedicated

Gala Dinner, followed by the first ever

to women in ITS will

ITS Ball. The organisers have also set

On

Monday

morning,

professionals

will

public

have

authorities

and

representatives including Austrian Transport

Minister

Additionally,

Doris

Bures. The breakfast

best

the

will share their

demonstration

professional

lounge

experiences

exhibition area; the European

Ministers

and Vice-President Siim

Social activities and special events/networking opportunities

and

careers

with

the

audience.

Kallas will also be present.

the

afternoon,

important opportunity

will

participants

in

In an

networking be

a

given

to

“speed-dating”

where students will have the chance

ITS Vienna 2012 will be enriched by

to talk with ITS experts.

social events and activities. This year

ERTICO - ITS Europe and its Partners

the Opening Ceremony on Monday afternoon will be entertained by performances of one the most famous

are

invited

Congress to

the

dancers to be held in the Conservatory

starting

the

night,

Bures and female professionals

of

Wednesday

up dance lessons for less confident

then

a VIP Demo tour in

On

Ms

follow;

will be followed by

the

will welcome Congress attendees at their stand (D30) on the evening of 23 October with a cocktail. Join

by the Elmayer Dance School. For the first time in Europe, business sessions

will

be

organised

on

Thursday late afternoon to give the opportunity to the industry players to share their views on specifics issue or their products and services. These tailored made sessions organised by one or more companies, are open to all attendees of the Congress and will focus on the commercial and promotion aspect of ITS products and services. In addition to the official activities at the Congress, the Austrian host has set up several trips to nearby locations


The Host and Organisers wish to thank…

such as Bratislava, Salzburg, and

commenting on everything happening

Prague. You can find out more on

at the Congress.

»»all those involved in the committees for their vital work in organising the Congress and making it the ITS event of 2012 »»all those who dedicated time and effort in reviewing and selecting papers and preparing the outstanding 2012 Programme »»all the sponsors without whom the 19th ITS World Congress, and especially the social events and networking opportunities, would not have the same value

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on Twitter and tweet about the

During the whole week of the Congress, the ERTICO team will be updating, sharing impressions,

Congress and specific sessions or demonstrations using the hashtag #ITSVienna.

Help drive forward the deployment of ITS – and reach the widest possible audience through the use of ITS promotional videos! Following the success of the 2011 ITS Video Competition held at the European ITS Congress in Lyon, ERTICO – ITS Europe is pleased to invite submissions for this year’s competition! To submit your entry, simply fill in the form here, specifying if the video is aimed at the general public or the ITS community. Your video will be embedded on the ERTICO, ITS Vienna 2012, Network of National ITS Associations and i-Mobility Network websites. The 2012 ITS Video Competition is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe, with the support of ITS America and ITS Asia Pacific, the host organisation of the Vienna ITS Congress and the Network of National ITS Associations, and in conjunction with the i-Mobility Network. Click here for the terms and conditions. Click here to see the results of the 2011 ITS Video Competition! Contact: video.competition@mail.ertico.com

Winning videos shown during the closing ceremony of the 2012 ITS Congress! Finalists will be shown and voted upon at the VIP dinner at the 2012 ITS Congress All videos will be shown on the ERTICO stand at the 2012 ITS World Congress All videos will be shown on the ERTICO, ITS America, ITS Asia Pacific, ITS Congress, National Network of ITS Associations, i-Mobility Network and host organisation websites.


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ITS & Energy Efficiency: Driving down motoring costs by Nicolas White At a recent Conference at the European Commission on the topic of ‘Smart Energy & Sustainable ICT’, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda opened her remarks by stating that: “Today in Europe, we face enormous challenges. In a time of climate change, the challenge of managing energy resources. In a time of economic crisis, the challenge of doing things more efficiently.”

During a session on electromobility

As a result, electromobility is not

over 160g CO2 per kilometre. In

at the conference, moderated by

yet a panacea. If the EU is to reduce

addition, the 130g limit came with

ERTICO – ITS Europe CEO, Hermann

its dependence on fossil fuels, and

a further commitment to reducing

Meyer, it was agreed that one solution

thereby in its carbon emissions there

average emissions to 95g CO2 per

to the challenges of climate change,

needs to be a strong policy focus on

kilometre from 2020 onwards.

resource management and energy

improving efficiency of the tools we

efficiency was wider deployment of

already have.

electric vehicles. This deployment has, it was concluded, the potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. However, it was acknowledged that while electromobility holds many of the answers to Europe’s transport and energy challenges, there are still significant barriers to widespread deployment. Not least among these is cost; electric vehicle deployment will require changes ‘in and around the grid’ which will have to be paid for through new business models tailored to a new age of electromobility.

Vehicle emission regulations, aside from helping to stop the advance of

Private vehicles represent around 12%

climate change, mean one crucial

of the EU’s total carbon emissions

thing to consumers: fuel economy.

with transport as a whole accounting

The more efficient the vehicle is, the

for 25% of Europe’s greenhouse gas

less they will have to spend on petrol.

emissions. Indeed, between 1990

In our current times of rocketing fuel

and 2009, CO2 emissions from road

prices and economic uncertainty, this

traffic rose by 27% in the EU. In

is indeed a welcome break for Europe’s

2009, the EU adopted binding limits

increasingly squeezed consumer.

on CO2 emissions from private cars -

However, to the average person, 130g

the regulation set the “average CO2 emissions for new passenger cars at 130 g CO2/km”. The 2009 legislation represents a 19% reduction from 2006 levels of emissions which averaged

or 95g don’t mean a great deal. Are those numbers less than their current car? Do they represent significant savings? We’ve all seen the emissions


Today in Europe, we face enormous challenges. In a time of climate change, the challenge of managing energy resources. In a time of economic crisis, the challenge of doing things more efficiently

However, the study has put

Greenpeace go further in their study,

concrete numbers on the savings

not content to limit themselves to the

for what may amount to the first

current expected scope of emissions

time.

standards, they call for steps to limit

Greenpeace’s study shows that,

vehicle emissions to 60g CO2 per

if implemented at current levels (95g CO2 per kilometre by 2020) the cost of driving for European

driving even further. While discussion on how to achieve

Current annual fuel costs range

EU emissions targets rages on, it is

numbers on car adverts but few people

from between €2143 in Sweden

important to note that these rules

can truly make sense of the number.

(Europe’s most expensive) to €1235

only apply to newly manufactured

Enter Greenpeace, something of the

in Luxembourg (Europe’s cheapest).

vehicles. What then, is to be done

vehicle industry’s nemesis, forever

With tighter emissions regulations

about

protesting and sometimes disrupting

however, those costs will fall to

Europe’s roads? Further, even with

industry gatherings. The NGO’s EU-

€1551 in Sweden in 2020 and €962 in

more efficient vehicles, much of the

Unit commissioned an independent

Luxembourg.

problem with passenger car emissions

standards for passenger cars mean for motorists.

will

reduce the fuel costs associated with

plummet.

study to calculate what emission

consumers

kilometre, something they say will

Such savings will, no doubt, be welcomed by drivers across the

the

current

vehicles

on

tends to sit behind the steering wheel.

continent. Indeed, quantifying the

Fuel efficiency is only one side of the

What it found might not come as a

savings drivers stand to make thanks

coin. It is estimated that through the

huge surprise. The tighter emissions

to stricter emissions standards should

adoption of more environmentally

standards are for vehicles, the lower

certainly prove a useful tool in

friendly

the cost of running them.

winning the hearts and minds of often

emissions (and fuel consumption)

sceptical European citizens.

from road transport could be reduced

driving

practices,

CO2


by up to 20%. That is, at least, what

and

the ecoDriver project is aiming for.

technologies are expected to reduce

The project notes that ”drivers

CO2 emissions by 20-25%. Cooperative

are often not aware they have a

systems such as those developed in

major influence on their car’s fuel

the CVIS project and tested in the

consumption, potentially leading to

FREILOT project will have a huge

significant unnecessary emissions”.

impact on traffic management in

Therefore, the project hopes to

urban areas. Reducing congestion

”optimise driver” behaviour in order

will cut journey times and allow for

to maximise energy efficiency and

cleaner, greener urban driving.

emissions.

Indeed,

ICT

improve traffic flows. Much is made of the fuel efficiency

The project intends to achieve this

of new car engines. Indeed, it is an

through a “dedicated multimodal

important matter. However, Neelie

human machine interface” that will

Kroes, speaking earlier this month,

use a combination of visual, acoustic and haptic messages. Drivers will be able to input their destination before leaving and choose a fuel saving route and, while driving, receive ecodriving recommendations that match their driving style and vehicle type. Further, after trips, the eco-driving system will compile the trip data and make further recommendations that

explained net a significant reduction in vehicle

irreversible trend”. This speaks to

emissions as well as a significant drop

the importance of looking at traffic

in fuel consumption. In addition to

efficiency as a whole. Leaving aside

changing driving habits, Intelligent

electromobility and increased use

Transport Systems (ITS) have much

of multimodal transport, two huge

to offer in the realm of emissions

factors in greening Europe’s transport

reduction and fuel economy.

landscape,

drivers to improve their behaviour”.

project, the first large scale European

suggesting the best speed given the current driving conditions, advising a driver to slow down as they approach a hill for example, or making the accelerator pedal become stiffer when accelerating away from a red

convergence

of formerly distinct sectors is an

Indeed, the results of the euroFOT

itself with technologies such as

‘the

Changing driver behaviour, then, could

will help to “continuously encourage

More specifically, ecoDriver concerns

that

Field Operational Tests on active safety systems, demonstrate that even systems designed to increase driver safety can have a real impact on fuel consumption. Adaptive cruise control has been shown to lead to a

cooperative

driver education and even adaptive safety systems will play a role in reducing emissions from passenger vehicles on Europe’s roads. This will help the EU meet its emissions targets, help stop the advance of climate change and save consumers money.

reduction in fuel consumption of up to 7%.

light, encouraging “softer and more

Outside of the vehicle, ITS can still

ecological acceleration”.

have an impact on fuel consumption

systems,

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21 June 2012 ERTICO Forum “Public-Private Partnership success stories for ITS deployment” - Brussels, Belgium


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