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Inspired by: FP7 » Realisation of Smart Safety

version: 7 / updated: 2011-01-27
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 7 - Transport (including aeronautics)

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

SST: Improving safety and security

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Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Realisation of Smart Safety

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
An intelligent road-on-vehicle is technically possible and might lead to a safety enhancing infrastructure. Many feature are already technically realised - though not implemented yet. A permanent road-to-car communication could e.g. warn cars of red lights beforehand, offer an in-car countdown to green lights, gets traffic flowing and alerts drivers of stationary vehicles.


smart systems, road safety, intelligent technology, communication, safety


(max. 250 characters)
An intelligent road-on-vehicle is technically possible already and might lead to a safety- enhancing infrastructure: permanent road-to-car communication warns cars of red lights beforehand, gets traffic flowing and alerts drivers of stationary cars.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 If this safety- enhancing infrastructure was implemented in the whole EU, traffic jams and especially accidents would be reduced. continuation

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

money being invested in road infrastructure


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Level 3: important for the European Union

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific progresses especially in ICT might allow a smart safety system

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
before 2015 insurances might not pay if an accident happens due to a system failure
between 2015-2025 such safety features protect the driver on the one side but also make him less attentive as he relies on the system safer transportation

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) establish a legal basis for the question of liability according to car insurances adapt the infrastructure according to a holistic safety system
Academic/Research sector not only foster research programs on technical feature but also take the drivers behaviour (e.g. loss of attention) into account

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Diseases, health and well-being

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Transport (including aeronautics)
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
Effective road-to-car communication technologies require intensified R&D, particularly in the fields of microelectronics, software development and IT-services.