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eCoMove at ITS European Congress in Helsinki

- 13 Jun 2014

Next Monday is the opening of the 10th European ITS Congress, taking place in Helsinki this year, with the theme "ITS in your pocket – proven solutions driving user services".

eCoMove is presenting their final results in a few technical sessions: find all the details hereunder! 

  • Session TS03 Deploying ITS for environmental benefit 1

17 June 2014, 14:00-15:30

Paper: Combinations of ITS applications and their impact assessment

Author: Faqhrul Islam - Technical University Munich (Netherlands)

Several traffic light control applications have been developed for the eCoMove project with the ambition to reduce fuel consumption in traffic. EcoApproach advice, ecoBalanced priority and ecoGreen wave were used to assess the impact on a network of four intersections in Helmond. Generally, the individual impact of the applications shows a positive effect on the network. However, the impact of the combinations of these applications is difficult to predict. Simulation and analysis has shown that the combination of ecoApproach advice and ecoGreen wave provides best performance among all the combinations and reduces emission, number of stops and delay by 2.9%, 29%, and 22% respectively. This paper describes the impact of different combinations of these applications on the network performance in different traffic volumes and penetration rates. Various traffic dynamics associated with the implementation of these applications are also discussed here.

Paper: Impact analysis of the ecoBalanced priority and ecoGreen wave applications

Author: Faqhrul Islam - Technical University Munich (Netherlands)

EcoTraffic Management & Control was introduced as one of the main systems in the eCoMove project. Among the ITS applications developed within this project, ecoBalanced priority and ecoGreen wave focused on reduction of delay and stops. These applications were used to assess the impact in a network of four intersections located in Helmond, The Netherlands with microscopic simulation. The results showed that ecoBalanced priority reduces CO2 emission for prioritized vehicles by more than 10% and for overall network by 5.9%. ecoGreen wave reduces total delay by 4.6% and number of stops by 4%.

Paper: Impact analysis of the ecoApproach advice application

Author: Robbin Blokpoel - Imtech Traffic & Infra (Netherlands)

To reduce the fuel consumption and emissions from road transport, ecoTraffic Management & Control was introduced as one of the main systems in the eCoMove project. EcoApproach advice is one of the cooperative applications developed for this system. This application was developed with a view to avoid excessive stops, unnecessary acceleration and braking. The main innovation was the addition of a detailed queuing model to make the advice more accurate. The application was evaluated in a network of four intersections located in Helmond, The Netherlands with microscopic simulation. Simulation and analysis of ecoApproach advice showed a surprisingly high reduction of total delay time of 7.6%, the reduction of CO2 emissions was a bit less than expected with 2.8%, but the reduction of the number of stops by 22.7% was also a good result.

  • Session TS11 Deploying ITS for environmental benefit 2

17 June 2014, 16:00-17:30

Paper: eCoMove: integration of results and conclusions

Author: Isabel Wilmink - TNO (Netherlands)

The eCoMove project developed and analysed several applications aiming to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. V2X communication is used to connect traffic management and road side units with vehicles and enables information exchange between all participants. The research questions of the project focused on the reduction of fuel consumption, the change of driver behaviour and the impact of the applications on the traffic system. This paper summarizes the main findings of the project and elaborates on the three high level research questions in more detail.

Paper: Impact Assessment of eco‐driving information

Author: Philipp Gilka - DLR German Aerospace Center (Germany)

Broad activities are currently on-going to reduce fuel and in consequence carbon emissions in the field of transport. Advanced driver information based on cooperative systems are currently under development to help the driver to perform a more eco-friendly driving style with the goal to safe fuel. Reaching the envisaged goal it is very important that the systems are accepted by the drivers and that drivers comply with the systems recommendations.

Within the EU co-funded 7th Framework eCoMove project (Cooperative Mobility Systems and Services for Energy Efficiency) different applications have been tested by using a variety of methods to measure and assess the impacts of eco-information to reduce carbon emission through receiving a higher driver awareness and acceptance.

The expected full paper provides an overview of the systems and technologies applied, the methodology used to validate the implemented tools and final results of the conducted studies.

  • Session TS14 C-ITS: urban applications

17 June 2014, 16:00-17:30

Paper: C-ITS implementation issues: barriers and possible solutions

Author: Isabel Wilmink - TNO (Netherlands)

Cooperative ITS for road traffic offers potentials regarding road safety and traffic efficiency that goes significantly beyond what can be achieved with isolated vehicle and infrastructure systems. However, besides functional and technical aspects there are legal and institutional, financial, political and culture barriers that need to be addressed and must be overcome in order to successfully deploy cooperative services on a broad level throughout Europe. This paper contains an analysis of identified barriers and their possible solutions on the basis of the eCoMove project and several research projects that deal with to C-ITS implementation.

  • Session TS31 C-ITS 2

18 June 2014, 16:00 - 17:30

Paper: Do benefits justify cooperative systems? A cost-benefit analysis

Author: Wolfgang Niebel - German Aerospace Center - DLR (Germany)

Cooperative systems comprising the V2X communication, ADAS, and traffic management applications are well-researched, technically sound and nearly ready to be installed in the real world. Their general benefits regarding traffic flow and emission improvements could be proved in simulations and FOTs. What remains underinvestigated is the question whether the costs of installation and operation are outweighed by these benefits from the economical point of view. Therefore Cost-Benefit-Analyses have been conducted in the European research project eCoMove which aimed at reducing fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emission by 20%, as well as in the German research project KOLINE. This paper concentrates on the transformation of the simulation results into monetised benefits, the cost derivation and the resulting Cost-Benefit-Ratios (CBR) of the different scenarios. The most important scenario parameters hereby were the penetration rate of vehicles and traffic light control optimisation. It is shown that good CBR values can be obtained.

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