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Future intelligent cars escape accidents and traffic jams


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 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.

Navigators and smart phones enable safer and smoother driving

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been selected to head a significant EUR 15 million European traffic ICT project. The project will research and try out future interactive traffic services that will become part of vehicle systems within approximately five years. So-called cooperative driving, where cars and traffic services communicate with one another, will become reality in the near future. In addition, the project will also investigate how on-line targeted traffic information can improve the safety and smoothness of driving

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Volvo and VTT develop a new method for monitoring driver status
The vehicle control system adapts to different driving conditions, enhancing road safety

Volvo and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a new method for monitoring driver status, which adapts the vehicle control system according to the driver, vehicle, or traffic status. The method is based on an assessment of the driver's eye direction and behaviour. Both road safety and driver comfort are increased as the method protects the driver from distractions, such as warnings about the level of windscreen washing fluid or in-coming phone calls, when traffic conditions require the driver to be particularly alert and focused. The project also included testing a solution where a mobile phone functions as an integrated part of the vehicle interface. 

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1 The cabin of a truck with the driver status monitoring camera system installed.
2 The system being tested in Spain using a SEAT.

VTT and the European car industry are developing a new traffic detection system 
Safer intersection driving and more smoothly flowing traffic

VTT is developing a new environment detection system for intersection driving together with the European car industry and research institutes. The aim of the system - based on stereo vision, laser scanning and radar-based techniques - is to considerably reduce accidents occurring in intersection areas and to improve smooth traffic flow. The system will be tested in practice after a couple of years in Germany and Sweden.

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A device developed by VTT measures the exhaust emissions of passing vehicles with precision

A mobile guide service for mobile phones developed by VTT in Finland

Traffic technology poised to move to the next level

Heavy-duty vehicle test facility at VTT is an excellent tool for determining the effect of traffic environment on emissions and energy use of heavy vehicles

Developing intelligent safety technologies for future traffic

Future vehicles see and talk

Heavy-duty vehicle test facility at VTT

Rapid traffic emissions measurement technology



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Risto Kulmala
Research Professor
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Tapani Mäkinen
Development Manager
Tel. +358 40 511 6187,