Second International Workshop

A second international workshop on Field Operational Testing was held during the ITS World Congress in Stockholm. Building on the first workshop last year the aim of the event was to contribute to the establishment of a global FOT network in order to exchange knowledge best practices and foster cooperation for FOT activities.

The workshop identified concrete issues which should be addressed by the international FOT network and strengthen the cooperation between FOT activities and their stakeholders.
The report of the workshop will be available soon. To access the presentations click here



Seminar: how to develop a FOT


The FOT-Net seminar ‘How to develop a FOT’ took place in Paris on October 16th 2009. The issues addressed focussed on stakeholder analysis when developing a FOT policy maker’s view and the role of the media. 


To access the report and presentations click here

Results from Collision Avoidance System Trials in the Netherlands

The Netherlands have conducted a large-scale operational test for several collision avoidance systems for trucks. The objectives of these systems are to reduce the number of accidents with trucks to gain insight in their effect on traffic flows and to test their effectiveness. For eight months2400 lorries with different systems were monitored and all the data were monitored and all the data were recorded in the recording system.


The five systems which were tested are aimed at limiting accidents. In addition a separate registration system was tested.

Research questions

  1. How effective were the accident prevention systems that were tested?
  2. What is the effect of accident prevention systems on traffic safety?
  3. What is the effect of accident prevention systems on the flow of traffic?
  4. Can the authorities use this test as an incentive to stimulate the use of accident prevention system

The systems tested:

•    Headway Monitoring & Warning (HMW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
•    Lane Departure Warning Assist (LDWA)
•    Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
•    Directional Control (DC)
•    Black Box Feed Back (BBFB)



The study showed that the various systems reduce the risks of accidents with the most important indicators being:

•    longer following times between vehicles;
•    reduced risk of tipping;
•    driving less close to the vehicle in front;
•    fewer unintentional line crossings;
•    driving at a more regular speed.e recorded in the recording system.

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Original Publication Date: Tue 27 Jul 2010