In the past, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) success has been achieved primarly through equipment of vehicles and infrastructure, while Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) have reaped fewer benefits. Moreover, other EU co-funded projects have considered VRUs from a safety viewpoint, although keeping a vehicle-center focus.
The VRUITS project takes a VRU-centric approach to come to recommendations for ITS applications aimed at improving the safety, mobility and comfort of VRUs, leading ot a full integration of the VRUs in the traffic system.
The VRUITS project will achieve the following objectives:
1. Assess societal impacts of selected ITS and provide recommendations for policy and industry regarding ITS in order to improve the safety and mobility of VRUs;
2. Provide evidence-based recommended practices on how VRU can be integrated in Intelligent Transport Systems and on how HMI designs can be adapted to meet the needs of VRUs, and test these recommendations in field trials.
The VRUITS project Consortium is built by twelve partners from eight European countries. For the purpose of the project, it guarantees a good balance between very successful and experienced industry partners and skilled research institutes. In particular, it includes: six research institutes, three larger companies, two SMEs and one international organization.