The final report from the EuroFOT research project, which has brought together 28 European companies and organizations, confirms that Volvo Car Corporation's systems to help drivers avoid incidents and collisions deliver significant benefits.
The large-scale European Field Operational Test on Active Safety Systems (EuroFOT) is a research project supported by European funds. It involves 28 organizations, including Swedish participants Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Trucks and Chalmers University of Technology.
100 Volvo V70 and XC70 models with a total of 263 drivers participated in EuroFOT. All cars were fitted with cameras and sensors that registered every second of every journey for 18 months, making up a total of 30 terabytes of data from 3 million kilometers of driving. These data was studied and evaluated for every little incident and situation.
"The analysis show that our world-leading focus on new safety and support technologies delivers results in everyday traffic conditions. Since the start of EuroFOT, we have presented a number of new systems and in addition refined already existing technologies. One example is Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which alerts the driver and automatically brakes the car if there is a pedestrian in the road," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Corporation.
Analysis of the Volvos used in EuroFOT focused on five technological solutions:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) maintains a preset gap to the vehicle in front.
Collision Warning (CW) alerts the driver if a collision or colliding with the vehicle in front is imminent. At the same time, the brakes are prepared for firm braking.
Blind Sport Information System (BLIS) alerts the driver to vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) warns the driver if the vehicle accidentally strays across any of the lane markings.
Driver Alert Control (DAC) is designed to detect and warn if the driver is tired or distracted.
"This is because the number of incidents is relatively small. The emergency situations we have had are identified and examined, however, reveal that drivers do note and respond to the alerts. In tiredness incidents that led to alerts, the driver recovered control over the vehicle before the situation became serious," says John-Fredrik Grönvall, Manager Traffic Accident Research at Volvo Car Corporation.
The EuroFOT participants confirm that the Driver Alert Control actually works. One of them comments: "I was exhausted after a hectic workday that stretched into late evening. I'm really glad the system alerted me in time."
"Both the comprehensive studies of driver behavior and the wide range of comments from the drivers involved are very valuable in our research. We design our cars in response to customer wishes and needs. The results from EuroFOT help us develop new, user-friendly and effective technologies that bring us closer to our goal of no injuries or fatalities in a new Volvo car in 2020," says Peter Mertens.