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CO-OPerative SystEms for Intelligent Road Safety
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Europe EC
From 2006-02-01 to 2010-08-31 Ended
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COOPERS stands for CO-OPerative SystEms for Intelligent Road Safety and is an European research and development (R&D) and innovation activity within the Call 4 (Co-operative Systems and in vehicle integrated safety systems) of the 6th Framework Programme by the European Commission - Information Society and Media.

Hereby COOPERS focuses on the development of innovative telematics applications on the road infrastructure with the long term goal of a “Co-operative Traffic Management” between vehicle and infrastructure, to reduce the self opening gap of the development of telematics applications between car industry and infrastructure operators.

The goal of the project is the enhancement of road safety by direct and up to date traffic information communication between infrastructure and motorised vehicles on a motorway section.


COOPERS follows a 3-step approach for implementation of I2V communication:

  • Improve road sensor infrastructure and traffic control applications for more precise situation based traffic information and driver advice. Establish a link between road tolling systems and I2V concept.
  • Development of a communication concept and applications able to cope with the I2V requirements in terms of reliability, real time capability and robustness and considering different technologies (DAB, CALM, etc.).
  • Demonstrate results on important sections of European motorways with high density traffic in NL, GER, AUS, IT and develop deployment strategies for mixed environment.


The COOPERS concept will be validated in 3 demonstration sites, which differ in their layout regarding Trans European Networks (TEN), approach to traffic information and their targeted objectives efficiency or safety. A geographical representation of the three demonstration sites can be seen in the figure.

Demonstrator 1 is focused on the North-South-Corridor from Bavaria (DE ~230km) passing through western Austria (AT ~110km) into Italy (IT ~230km). He is the efficiency gain on using road infrastructure while adapting to rapidly changing transport demands. This demonstrator will also be used to show the international handover of COOPERS-services.

The objective of Demonstrator 2 is to validate the effective co-operation of safety related road infrastructure systems and vehicles systems from a traffic management, a user and a system perspective. The ~80km corridor from Rotterdam (NL) to Antwerp (BE) has been chosen as a suitable demonstrator as this is one of the most intensively used road sections in Europe.

Demonstration Site 3 consists of the Berlin city highway A100, A111 and A113 with a total length of ~25km. The section concerning COOPERS demonstration is equipped with 34 variable message signs, ~450 radar detectors and ~125 induction loops.

Demonstrator 4 is located in the southwest and the northeast part of France and focuses on real time information services and eCall integration. The objective of the Demonstration Site 4 is to improve the quality of the data.

Related Projects


There are a total of 38 partners:

  • RS Traffic & Transport Technology b.v.
  • ASCOM (schweiz) AG
  • Association des Societes Francaises des Autoroutes
  • Austrian Research Centers GmbH - arc
  • Autobahnen- und Schnellstrassen-Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft
  • Autostrada del Brennero spa
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern
  • Dornier Consulting GmbH
  • Efkon AG
  • Efkon Mobility GmbH
  • Ernst & Young Financial - Business Advisors spa
  • Forschungs- und Anwendungsverbund Verkehrssystemtechnik Berlin
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.v.
  • Gewi Hard- und Software Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbh
  • Inesc - Inovacao - Instituto de Novas Tecnologias
  • Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare in Informatica - Ici Bucuresti
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan
  • Kybertec s.r.o.
  • Lgai Technological Center sa
  • Lucent Technologies Network Systems GmbH
  • Navteq B.V.
  • Oesterreichischer Rundfunk
  • Politechnika Lodzka
  • PWP - Systems GmbH
  • S&T Slovenija, Informacijske Resitve in Storitve, D.D.
  • Statens Vaeg- och Transportforskningsinstitutet
  • Swarco Europe GmbH
  • Teamnet International SA
  • Technical University of Crete
  • Technische Universitaet Wien

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 16.778.293 / EU contribution: € 9.799.209

Funded under the call: FP6-IST

Topic: IST-2004-2.4.12 - eSafety Co-operative Systems for Road Transport