03 | 2008
Human behaviour defines safety in traffic
Worldwide, over one million people are lost as victims in road traffic annually. Changing drivers is known to be laborious; thus it is sensible to enhance vehicles instead. Technology can help but human behaviour defines safety in traffic.
Intelligent vehicle safety systems and services that enhance traffic safety will soon be a reality. So-called cooperative driving systems, where cars and traffic management centres communicate with one another will be deployed during the next decade. Thanks to technology innovations, accidents will be almost completely avoidable in the future. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland takes lead in a European field experiment with over 3000 drivers to test the use of personal navigators and smart phones to raise driver situation awareness in promoting safe and sustainable traffic.
VTT and its nine European research and industrial partners are developing a telecommunications solution for critical applications such as market data delivery. Compared with the traditional messaging system, which is vulnerable in failure situations, the new self- healing, resilient messaging platform is markedly more secure. Its data protection solution is based on adaptable information security services, system monitoring and assurance solutions that improve system resilience.
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