Prof. Luca Pietrantoni
Alma mater studiorum
University of Bologna
Cyclists suffer a disproportionate share of serious injuries and fatalities, and indeed in recent years that disadvantage has been growing. At the same time, they often are not treated equally by traffic systems.
The Horizon 2020 EU-funded XCYCLE Project will develop technologies aimed at improving active and passive detection of cyclists, systems informing both drivers and cyclists of an hazard at junctions, effective methods of presenting information in vehicles and on-site and cooperation systems aimed at reducing collisions with cyclists.
An in-vehicle detection system and a system of threat mitigation and risk avoidance by traffic signals will be developed, as well as a demo bicycle with a cooperative technology. All innovative and integrated solutions will be tested and verified through use cases in the city of Braunschweig (DE) and on a mobile platform.
A user-centred approach will be adopted and behavioural evaluation will part of the whole process, using eye tracking data and an evaluation of human-machine interface. In the Cost-Benefit Analysis behavioural changes will be translated into estimated crashes and casualties saved per system.
The XCYCLE consortium is highly multidisciplinary and includes a well-balanced team with complementary expertise across different topics and a range of backgrounds: behavioural scientists, engineers, ICT experts. It is composed by two research institutes, three universities, three Larger companies and one SME.
The XCYCLE project will contribute to innovative and efficient advanced safety measures to reduce the number of accidents, often of high severity, involving cyclists in interaction with motorised vehicles. Knowledge and tools provided by this project will promote the development of the European Road Safety Observatory (ERSO) and contribute to the Transport White Paper's "Vision Zero" objectives.
The XCYCLE Project started on June 1st, 2015 and its activities will be completed by November 2018.