FOTsis FOT’s show promising results

The FOTsis project has successfully concluded its Field Operational Tests and has a series of promising results at its disposal.

Over the last few months, the FOTsis project tested seven close-to-market services (Emergency Management, Safety Incident Management, Intelligent Congestion Control, Dynamic Route Planning, Special Vehicle Tracking, Advanced Enforcement and Infrastructure Safety Assessment) in four separate test communities in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece.

The processing of the data collected has led to a series of following conclusions concerning the market potential of the seven FOTsis services.

In the field of safety for example, the FOT’s in e-call have demonstrated the advantages of deploying the service from an infrastructure perspective. Through the provision of real time traffic information to the ambulance vehicle in case of an accident, the FOTsis approach can generate time savings in warning time between 1-5 minutes, which, in cases of heavy traffic, will reduce the total rescue time of about 10-15 minutes, thus increasing the chances that accidents don’t prove fatal. At the same time, by arriving at the scene of the accident before the ambulance, the road operator’s service vehicle can provide valuable information to the ambulance, which increases anticipation and allows for a more efficient handling of the accident.

With respect to ‘greener’ driving, the project has demonstrated that the use of variable speed limits can help keep traffic fluid which ca lead to time savings of approximately 7.5 % and reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 0.6 % (Intelligent Congestion Control).  Similarly, by taking advantage of real-time traffic information, road operators can propose alternative routes to drivers stuck in traffic, thus reducing their estimated travel time by 5 % and emissions by 0.5 % (Dynamic Route Planning).

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