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Car Related Projects
A short list of car related networking projects done elsewhere. Please add to this list as you find more! Many of the explanations are extracts from the relevant web pages. (Part of our list of Intelligent Transportation & Sentient Vehicles: Related Links.)
- Fleetnet FleetNet aims at the development and demonstration of a wireless ad hoc network for inter-vehicle communications. Key design requirements for FleetNet are the capability to distribute locally relevant data where generated and needed and to satisfy the vehicle drivers' and passengers' needs for location-dependent information and services. Location awareness and position data play a crucial role not only for FleetNet applications but also for the communication protocols deployed. NB this project's page at fleetnet.de does not exist anymore.
- Drive-thru Internet Internet access from vehicles, taking explicit account of intermittent connectivity.
- eMOTION eMOTION (Network in Motion) is a child project of OCEAN. OCEAN recognises that extension of Internet services to public transport passengers is an inevitable and much needed step. To this end, it is envisaged that high-speed local area networks will be deployed on-board the public transport vehicles. These networks in motion will be connected to the global Internet via on-board mobile routers and wide area wireless access systems (e.g. GPRS, UMTS, or Satellite). Mobile users in public transport simply connect their devices to the on-board network and start to enjoy the full Internet services just like at home or office.
- InternetCAR The Internet car is a framework for treating a car as a node on the Internet. We have a viewpoint from the Internet information system in order to carry out how to connect a car to the Internet, how to acquire the car's information via the Internet, what mechanism is required to exchange the information between the cars and so on. In this ITS field, we can provide some business chance to the people who have difficulties to enter into the information industry venture. Thereby, the Internet car may serve as a growth catalyst of a private sector ITS.
- overDRIVE Aims at UMTS enhancements and coordination of existing radio networks into a hybrid network to ensure spectrum efficient provision of mobile multimedia services. An IPv6 based architecture enables interworking of cellular and broadcast networks in a common frequency range with dynamic spectrum allocation (DSA).
- Car-2-Car In order to improve driving safety, traffic organisation and easy hotspot connections, six European car manufacturers founded the Car2Car Communication Consortium. Its goal is to create a European industrial standard for future communicating cars spanning all brands. Technology solution is 802.11-based.
- TrafficView TrafficView defines a framework to disseminate and gather information about the vehicles on the road. Using such a system, a vehicle driver will be aware of the road traffic, which helps driving in situations like foggy weather or finding an optimal route in a trip several miles long. To achieve this end, they have designed the VITP protocol.
- CHAUFFEUR Project Truck platooning using cameras and IVC to reduce fuel consumption.
- Leeds Instrumented Car Last updated 2004, instrumented Mondeo with noise and pollution sensors, plus plenty of driver-interface sensors. They also have data from the council's SCOOT system. [ Poster]
- SCOOT One of the earliest adaptive traffic control systems, still in widespread use today. Its optimisation technique is to minimise vehicle delays and stops by adjusting the cycle offsets.
- NoW The Network on Wheels project is the continuation of the Fleetnet project, and considers many aspects of ad hoc car to car communication, including security.
- Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) for Mobility The US Department of Transport is exploring the potential for vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to roadside communications to improve safety and to improve traffic data collection, as well as a number of other short term applications, under a program titled Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII).
- IST Europe Intelligent Car Research Summary of current European projects.
- Traffimatics Traffimatics aims to develop the concept of intelligent co-operative vehicle highway systems, supporting a wide range of applications ranging from real-time traffic information and safety warnings to in-car entertainment and personal telematics. The project also investigates the possibilities of using vehicles to create a large-scale self-organising sensor and communications network enabling the intelligent co-operative vehicle highway systems vision.
- CarTALK 2000 The European Project CarTALK 2000 is focussing on new driver assistance systems which are based upon inter-vehicle communication. The main objectives are the development of co-operative driver assistance systems and the development of a self-organising ad-hoc radio network as a communication basis with the aim of preparing a future standard.
- DRiVE Dynamic Radio for IP-Services in Vehicular Environments. The overall objectives of the DRiVE project are to enable spectrum efficient high-quality wireless IP in a heterogenous multi-radio environment and to deliver in-vehicle multimedia-services, which ensure universally available access to information and support for education and entertainment.
- ADASE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in Europe. Efforts to increase safety using passive safety technologies alone may deliver only moderate gains in road and traffic safety in Europe. Active safety systems in conjunction with infrastructure based roadside equipment and measures promise efficient safety systems for the future.
- CarTel Project goals involve the design and deployment of a distributed wireless platform for automotive applications. Motivating applications include monitoring traffic conditions and car performance. This project is focused on networking, sensing and applied statistical analysis. Their applications require secure and privacy preserving data transport over heterogeneous media. In order to deal with a large volume of sensor data they apply data mining and statistical inference methods as well as multi-sensor data fusion techniques to increase fidelity.
- ERTICO CVIS Cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems will allow vehicles to cooperate directly with other nearby vehicles, and with the immediate roadside infrastructure, thus sharing information on incidents, road hazards and the latest traffic information for greater safety, efficiency and a better environment. Each equipped vehicle will be able to connect and communicate via local ad hoc networks of vehicles and roadside equipment in the vicinity as well as via an always-on network connection for accessing a wide range of journey support and other services.
- Microsimulation of Traffic Applet Good demonstration of how traffic lights, lane closures, etc. affect traffic flows -- quite realistic.
- VEDAS Project VEhicle DAta Stream Mining. Continuous on-board monitoring of the data streams generated by a moving vehicles, identifying the emerging patterns, reporting them to a remote control center over low-bandwidth wireless network connection. Apps include real-time on-board health monitoring, drunk-driving detection, driver characterizations, and security related applications for commercial fleet management.
- Rensselaer Advanced Traveler Information Systems (Currently no details on their website. See an internal news story and an external news story.)
- SEVECOM SEcure VEhicle COMmunication is an EU-funded project that focuses on providing a full definition and implementation of security requirements for vehicular communications.
- COOPERS COOPERS aims at developing new solutions for road-to-vehicle communications, which will be integrated with vehicle-vehicle communication systems. The intent is to develop holistic cooperative systems which will cope with the increasing demands of road transport in a safer, more efficient and environmentally sustainable way.
- Kuwahara Lab, University of Tokyo Current major research topics are: Traffic Flow Analysis, Highway Capacity Analysis, Driving Behavior Analysis, Traffic Control Strategies.
- QinetiQ Connected Carriage Smart router on train uses combination of satellite, WiMAX and cellular links with a cache server to provide onboard broadband access.
- Inrix: Dust Network for Traffic Prediction Large amount of data fusion from sensors and probe vehicles being used to predict traffic patterns by a Microsoft Research funded company.
- GST Global System for Telematics. GST is an EU-funded Integrated Project that is creating an open and standardized end-to-end architecture for automotive telematics services.
- ITS Benefits Database A database to provide the ITS professional community with quick and easy access to information regarding the impacts of ITS deployments. Examples of benefits for transportation infrastructure and vehicles.
- Smart Car Space An efficient network architecture that can communicate smoothly between mechanical equipment and electronic devices, between electronic devices, and between in-car environment and outer environment. It is also a lightweight software infrastructure with a high capability for adaptation to deal with complex and mobile scenarios.
- IntelliOne Roadway Speed Measurement System Claims to be the only commercially viable solution for widespread provision of real-time roadway speed and travel time information. Uses mobile phone positioning.
- Foresight UK Government sponsored project examining future intelligent infrastructure. Some detailed work on auction of slots in a cordon round Gateshead, but otherwise mostly high level predictions.
- GIROADS GIROADS (GNSS Introduction in the Road Sector) is a 24-month project commissioned by the Galileo Joint Undertaking to aggregate the road community's proposals to facilitate the technical and commercial introduction of Europe's satellite navigation programme to the road sector. Also has the quote "By 2010 there will be more than 670 million cars, 33 million buses and trucks and 200 million light commercial vehicles worldwide".
- 100-car Naturalistic Study This is a Virginia Tech and US Department of Transport project that kitted out 100 cars with sensing equipment including cameras, GPS, radar and accelerometer. The cameras monitored the vehicle, driver, vehicle in front, and lane discipline. A major aim was to evaluate near misses. 3TB of data was collected, covering 43,000 driver hours and 2m miles. See here for a very detailed results document or here for a brief summary.
- SISTER Project The SISTER Project will promote the integration of satellite and terrestrial communications with GALILEO to enable mass-market take-up by road transport applications.
- Vialis Traffic information service provider.
- UCLA Network Research Lab Vehicular Sensor Network project at UCLA's Network Research Lab.
- Real Time Rome MIT using phone data to plot maps showing where people are most densely located. See also this news article.
- Mobisteer Investigating the use of directional antennas and beam steering techniques to improve performance of 802.11 links in the context of communication between a moving vehicle and roadside APs.