VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Mobisoft Oy and the Finnish
Meteorological Institute, with support from partners, have developed a
communication system for drivers to inform them about weather and road
conditions. The purpose of the system is to prevent serious or fatal
accidents. Its commercialization will be advanced during the next couple of
When there is snow or ice on the road, the risk of an accident is increased by
a factor of 4.1 compared to normal conditions, according to research conducted
at the Tampere University of Technology. VTT and the Finnish Meteorological
Institute, under the international WiSafeCar project and with support from
partners, have developed a vehicle and traffic communication system aimed at
improving traffic safety. This communication system was developed with
Finland’s challenging climate conditions in mind.
system allows vehicles to transmit traffic and weather observations to a
traffic service centre, where the data are analysed and conveyed to other
vehicles on the road, together with information on road conditions. The system
also alerts drivers in case of imminent danger of an accident due to slippery
Co-operative driving, where vehicles and intelligent
transport systems communicate and change information with each other, is
becoming more common; it is estimated that such systems will become a standard
feature some time between 2014 and 2030. Development is brisk, particularly in
Europe, the USA and Japan. The system designed by the Finnish organisations
described here differs from others in its holistic approach and in providing
drivers with real-time information on weather and road conditions.
project involved testing short-range data transfer compliant with the IEEE
802.11p standard, and long-range communication based on a mobile phone
network. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first pilot project in
Finland to employ both mobile radio technologies at the same time.
role of VTT in the project is to develop a collaborative, content centric
vehicle network and sensor technology for monitoring road conditions. Mobisoft
is the project co-ordinator and is also developing the back-office system for
traffic services. These results are integrated into the vehicle computers of
Sunit Oy. The Finnish Meteorological Institute is developing the road weather
service for the system, and is also contributing to the design of the
inter-vehicle information network architecture. Taipale Telematics Oy is
evaluating measuring methods and investigating how they can be used on board
and for producing data on road conditions. Infotripla Oy combines the traffic
data into real-time information of the situation which is transferred to the
data systems of the vehicle.
The WiSafeCar project involves 9
research organisations and companies in Finland, Luxembourg and South Korea;
the project was started in 2009 and ends in March 2012. Total budget of the
project is EUR 5.9 million. The project belongs to the Eureka-CELTIC
programme, whose national funding provider in Finland is the Finnish Funding
Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes.
of the project results has been launched with traffic services development,
and more results will be forthcoming over the next two years. The project
consortium will continue to disseminate the results under a new project,
CoMoSeF. The main purpose here is to cut the current cost of the vehicle
system (EUR 1,000–5,000) to about half.