SP6 Validation & Evaluation

The aim is to perform an integrated validation, impact assessment and evaluation of the eCoMove system and its individual applications.

The approach is to test eCoMove applications in small scale field trials, driving simulator studies and traffic network simulations. The overall impact of eCoMove applications on traffic efficiency and environment is assessed using a cost-benefit analysis.

Objectives

  1. Validate that technologies, applications and services developed in eCoMove meet the functional and non-functional requirements;
  2. Demonstrate that the eCoMove framework is valid, i.e. enables and supports the interaction of the eCoMove applications and services to meet the expectations of all stakeholders;
  3. Show that technologies, applications and services meet the high-level objectives of eCoMove and enable a more energy-efficient land-based transport of passengers and goods.

Evaluation and Validation Framework

Questionnaires, interviews and workshops are used to assess

  • the satisfaction of requirements of private and commercial drivers, suppliers and operators; 
  • how different driver types can be motivated to behave according to eco-driving strategies and how these motivators can be generated;

The technical validation checks the functionality and reliability of components of the cooperative system.

An evaluation plan ensures comparability of the results in a common and coordinated framework through standardized project procedures, availability of information on validation objectives and the adaption of testing guidelines (e.g. FESTA handbook).

Test Sites

The project verified and validated the developed technologies and applications at field trials in Helmond, Munich and on French motorways.

A simulation environment was also set up as full evaluation of cooperative traffic management strategies requires a high penetration of equipped vehicles, which could not be achieved in eCoMove.

Impact Assessment

The developed eCoMove applications were evaluated with regards to their impact on:

  • environment (reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions);
  • driver's behaviour (acceptance and compliance);
  • mobility (network perspective but also personal and goods mobility);
  • safety (driver workload but also compliance with traffic safety rules);

Sub-project Team

SP Leader: Philipp Gilka (DLR)

Partners