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Eu Project Evaluates Nomadic Device Benefits For Drivers

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Participants in the European Union (EU) project TeleFOT recently met at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, to assess the first year of an initiative to provide drivers with support functions via smartphones, personal digital assistants, and personal navigators. The European Commission believes the devices could be used to provide traffic and incident information. The devices also could be used to provide the actual speed limit, as well as assist with navigation and green driving options.

Led by Chalmers' Design & Human Factors group in the Department of Product and Production Development, the project will develop new methods and tools that support drivers. During the next two years, the project will conduct field tests with drivers in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Sweden to better assess the functions and systems. Equipment will be installed in vehicles to collect data, and studies will be conducted to determine how new methods and tools would impact efficiency, mobility, environment, and safety, and whether drivers would use the functions and systems.

From The Swedish Research Council
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