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VRUITS 2ND INTEREST GROUP WORKSHOP

The Second VRUITS Interest Group Workshop was held in Helsinki on 16 June 2014, at Ravintola Limone, near to the Helsinki Conference & Exhibition Centre, where the ITS Europe Conference took place.

At the workshop, the results of the qualitative safety and mobility & comfort assessment were presented, and 10 applications were withheld for further quantitative assessment. The experts at the workshop assessed the systems. Based on the assessments of the experts, and assuring coverage of all VRU groups as well as inclusion the applications to be demonstrated at the pilots. The set of applications selected for quantitative assessment is:

  1. Blind Spot Detection
  2. Intelligent Pedestrian Traffic Signal
  3. Intersection Safety
  4. Pedestrian Detection System + Emergency Braking
  5. VRU Beacon System
  6. PTW Oncoming Vehicle Information System
  7. Bicycle to Car communication
  8. Information on Vacancy on Bicycle Racks
  9. Crossing Adaptive Lighting
  10. Green Wave for Cyclists

The posters with the results of the qualitative assessment are available on the VRUITS website

VRUITS AT THE 10TH ITS EUROPEAN CONGRESS

The VRUITS project was also present at the 10th ITS European Congress (16-19 June 2014, Helsinki). The VRUITS project had a stand within the European Commission booth in the Exhibition area, where a presentation with the first results of the project was shown. During the conference there were 2 presentations on the project.

The different aspects of VRU safety were also discussed in the special session “ITS for improving VRU safety”, organised by the VRUITS project and the iMobility VRU WG, with representatives from research organisations, automotive industry, PTW industry and PTW users. VRU safety is a complex matter due to the large variation within VRUs and their characteristics and the large number of possible accident scenarios. Technology, especially cooperative communications, offers possibilities to improve the visibility of VRUs, but further work is needed to improve sensor performance and reliability in all environmental conditions. Acceptance of the technology by the users and the cost of the technology are critical for success of the technology.