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To achieve forgiving roads in Europe, the EU co- funded IN-SAFETY project has investigated the combination of new technologies with existing infrastructure to improve road safety. Numerous cooperative solutions have been analysed, including in-vehicle speed alerts based on information provided by road-side beacons and cooperative lane-departure warnings, and from these, six scenarios have been selected, elements of which will be tested in real and simulated trials around Europe.
The work on self-explanatory roads has essentially focused on preparing recommendations for harmonised road signing (electronic and static) in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual Europe.
Why the need for In-Safety?
Over 42 000 road users are killed in European Union (EU) countries annually and around 3.5 million are injured. Road safety engineering measures may reduce casualties by 6.5%. However, the rather high cost of traditional infrastructure construction/ adaptations is a prohibiting factor.
The combination of new technologies with existing infrastructure (or with limited improvements) may lead to much more cost- efficient solutions and contribute to the EU's target of reducing the number or road fatalities by 50% by 2010. Thus, the aim of the EU-funded IN-SAFETY project is to define intelligent, intuitive and cost- efficient combinations of new technologies and traditional infrastructure best practice applications, in order to enhance the forgiving and self-explanatory nature of roads.
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