European project CVIS (Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems) (FEHRL)

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European project CVIS
(Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems) (FEHRL)
Sixth Framework Programme – start in February 2006 – end in January 2010

The CVIS project is defining the future of real time communication technologies between vehicles and road. By creating a universal «language» allowing all vehicles and infrastructure elements to communicate with each other in a continuous and transparent way, tos hare information and to cooperate with a wide range of new applications and services, cooperative systems provide road with a new intelligence for vehicles, systems, operators or users.

Before being able to cooperate, the various communication systems must be in state to give, take and share information. Each system can contain nearly unlimited amounts of data that can be stored in the vehicle, on the roadside, at the traffic centre or in a nomadic device. But these data are generally organized vertically, each system managing the collection, treatment and diffusion of its own data.

The main objective of the CVIS project is to find a way to share these data amongst all the members of the «cooperative mobile community»: drivers, passengers, road operators, rescue services, merchant fleet operators, pedestrians, etc. Total synergy for everyone.

Data are mainly information (traffic, works, routes, etc.), guidance, advice and even orders in the case of traffic management (forbidden roads, temporal or local speed limits, etc.).
The participation of BRRC to CVIS does not involve the technological aspects of the projects. Besides the general coordination for FEHRL, BRRC also participates to the working groups that are working on the simplification of the spreading of cooperative systems: The CVIS project is confronted with several institutional, financial, juridical or commercial challenges that must be mastered to guarantee a wide spreading of the system:

  • interoperability of formats and equipments,
  • robustness, safe and fault tolerant design,
  • extensibility or capacity to add equipment or functions,
  • usefulness, suitability for use, good user acceptance,
  • adaptability to the user’s changing needs,
  • perenniality of the technology, i.e. service must be maintained in time and space,
  • accessibility to most people (purchase price),
  • security, i.e. no endangering of health and environment,
  • safety: every system must be protected against interferences and external attacks,

universality: every system must keep working outside national or regional borderlines.