DRIVE C2X proves Europe is ready for cooperative systems roll-out


Berlin, 16 July 2014

• A common reference system for C2X communication is rolled out.
• The standards are set.
• Field trials involving seven test sites all across Europe proved the safety and efficiency benefits of cooperative systems.
• Extensive business studies are available.

The EC co-funded project DRIVE C2X provides proof that cooperative systems work and demonstrates a positive impact on safety, travel efficiency and the environment, with high user acceptance. Moreover, the project shows evidence of the economic viability of cooperative systems.

The DRIVE C2X project presents its achievements on July 16 and 17, 2014 in Berlin. DRIVE C2X provided a comprehensive, Europe-wide assessment of cooperative systems through field operational tests. The test results form the last part of the puzzle in the preparation of the roll-out of cooperative systems in Europe. During this three and a half years project, more than 750 drivers tested eight safety-related functions of cooperative functions all over Europe. The operational tests took place in seven test sites in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. In total, more than 200 vehicles drove more than 1,5 million km. A faultless performance of the functions during these extensive field trials has shown that the system is mature for deployment.

The tests have clearly demonstrated a positive impact of DRIVE C2X on safety and efficiency. Drivers reacted to information and warning signals. As an example, the In-Vehicle Signage (IVS) on speed limit and Weather Warning (WW) showed most potential to decrease fatalities. Assuming a 100% penetration rate, IVS speed limit that provides continuous information would reduce on average 23% in fatalities and 13% in injuries. WW would lead to 6% less fatalities and 5% less injuries. From an efficiency perspective, functions such as the In-Vehicle Signage (IVS) on speed limit and Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) indicated significant effects for both the environment and traffic efficiency. Drivers reacted to the information by reducing their speed in most cases.
User acceptance is high with nine out of ten test users welcoming the cooperative systems. Users indicated that they are willing to use it if it were available in their vehicles. The test results also demonstrate a positive impact on travel comfort. Specifically, journey quality is improved in terms of decreased user uncertainty and stress, and feeling of safety and comfort.

Moreover, DRIVE C2X also shows evidence for economic viability thanks to more than 50 interviews with representatives across all major stakeholder groups. The interviews revealed that the economic potential can significantly be increased if cooperative systems are launched both as standard equipment and open to third party applications.

The benefits of the DRIVE C2X system result from an increase in safety – less or less severe accidents – and decrease of traffic congestion. Comparing the benefits of C2C and C2I-technology, the project concluded that the benefits resulting from infrastructure based systems are slightly higher than those from C2C-technology.
The attached document describes the eight functions implemented in the test sites for user tests.

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With 34 partners, 13 support partners and 18.2 million Euro budget, DRIVE C2X lays the foundation for rolling out cooperative systems in Europe. The project is coordinated by Daimler AG.
Funded with 12.4 million Euro by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme, DRIVE C2X carries out a comprehensive assessment of cooperative systems through Field Operational Tests (FOTs). The project implemented cooperative technologies in seven European test sites in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Based on the FESTA methodology a harmonized Europe-wide testing environment for C2X technologies is created.

DRIVE C2X supports the development of standard compliant cooperative systems implementations (EU mandate M/453) as well as their integration into vehicles (cars and motorbike) and road side infrastructure.
DRIVE C2X evaluates cooperative systems through impact assessment, technical evaluation and user acceptance; and promotes cooperative driving.

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About Daimler AG

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.

Contact details:
Matthias Schulze
Senior Manager Environment Perception
Group Research & Advanced Engineering
T. +49 7031 4389 603

About EICT

The European Center for Information and Communication Technologies – EICT is a public-private partnership of leading players. EICT acts as a trusted third party and an international platform for interdisciplinary collaborative research. Its overall goal is to initiate and promote innovations for a mobile networked society. In ICT the competences are broadband and wireless access technologies, software-defined networks and smart grids; in mobility the thematic areas are Cooperative ITS, autonomous driving and multi-modal mobility.
At the Berlin EUREF Campus EICT is engaged in a smart city living lab, developing solutions for urban traffic and energy efficient mobility.

Contact details:
Sarah Metzner
Project Manager Communications
T. +49 30 3670235-143


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