ITS World Congress Tokyo, Special session on Analysing the outcomes of FOTs
On 15 October 2013 at the ITS World Congress in Tokyo, FOT-Net organised a Special Session (SIS04) on Analysing the outcomes of Field Operational Tests.
In Field Operational Tests (FOT) large sets of data are gathered on the interaction between drivers and ITS. These data need to be analysed to answer research questions and finally to determine the impact of large-scale implementation of ITS on areas such as safety, mobility, and environment. In the European support action FOT-Net, in interaction with international partners, recommendations on data and impact analysis are being formulated to support FOTs.
Adrian Zlocki (IKA) presented experience and lessons learned on data analysis for large scale FOTs. Recommendations were given on practical issues such as the need for synchronisation of data, but also on the need for more automated and advanced tools and techniques, such as for analysing video-data. The presentation from Martijn de Kievit and Eline Jonkers (TNO) focussed on best practices in determining large scale impacts in a FOT. Techniques and methods for impact assessment and scaling up were explained. Impact Assessment delivers the main results of a FOT but is not an easy step, and time pressure is high at the end of a project. Issues addressed included the measurement of explanatory variables and how realistic the scaling up of results is. Helena Gellerman (SAFER) presented a framework to enhance global cooperative research on FOT/NDS data. According to Helena Gellerman, the main challenges are the different project consortium agreements and consent forms, intellectual property rights and legal settings, the need for good data documentation, and the effort and finances needed to create and maintain a data-sharing platform which is attractive for data providers. Finally Dave Leblanc (UMTRI) provided a US perspective, describing his experiences from UMTRI and the Safety Pilot. He provided examples of re-use of data for answering other research questions than the ones for which the data were originally collected. Some recommendations for overcoming data sharing challenges included avoiding participants’ agreements being too restrictive, support from the data host and cleansing data containing propriety information.
Yvonne Barnard, ERTICO – ITS Europe:
Adrian Zlocki, Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH:
Experience and lessons learned on data analysis for large scale FOTs
Martijn de Kievit and Eline Jonkers, TNO:
Best practices in determining large scale impacts in a FOT
Helena Gellerman, SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Competence Centre:
A framework to enhance global cooperative research on FOT/NDS data
Dave Leblanc, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI):
Experiences from UMTRI and the Safety Pilot
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 610453.