CVIS (2006-2010) is an integrated research project co-funded by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme that designed, developed and tested the technologies needed to allow cars to communicate with each other and with the nearby roadside infrastructure.

The project’s ambition was to begin a revolution in mobility for travellers and goods, completely re-engineering how drivers, their vehicles, the goods they carry and the transport infrastructure interact, to increase road safety and efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

CVIS developed a mobile router using a wide range of communication media, including mobile cellular and wireless local area networks, short-range microwave (DSRC) or infra-red, to link vehicles continuously with roadside. The project applied the ISO "CALM" standards for continuous mobile communication and provided input to standards development in European and global standardisation bodies. Other key innovations include high-precision positioning and local dynamic maps, a secure and open application framework for access to online services and a system for gathering and integrating monitoring data from moving vehicles and roadside sensors.

Based on the real-time road and traffic information collected through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, drivers can get priority at traffic lights and guidance on the quickest route to their destination; road signs information can be displayed in the vehicle as well as warnings about approaching emergency vehicles. In the same way, hazardous goods shipments can be tracked at all times and have priority along a pre-selected safe route.

To validate the project’s results, all CVIS technologies and applications were tested at test sites in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands/Belgium, Sweden and the UK.

Last but not least, CVIS created a toolkit to address key “deployment enablers” such as user acceptance, data privacy and security, liability, public policy needs or business models.

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