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CYBERnetic CARS for a new transportation system in the cities
General information
From 2001-08-01 to 2004-07-31 Completed
Project Website

The main goal of the Project is to accelerate the penetration of autonomous transportation systems in European cities with the final goal of making life in these cities more pleasant while preserving the freedom to move efficiently and safely. These systems are addressed to everyone, including young and elderly people, and anyone needing some motorized transportation for door-to-door trips at anytime. The objectives of the Project are to improve and integrate the key technologies for the vehicles and for the infrastructure of automated road transportation systems.


The Project main goal is to accelerate the development and implementation of novel urban transportation systems, based on automated vehicles for movement of people and goods. These systems aim at improving the mobility, while reducing negative effects of the private car use in cities (congestion, pollution), by complementing today's mass transit systems and hence offering a real alternative with better convenience and efficiency than the private car in the cities. The main characteristics of these systems are the use of small electric automated vehicles, which run on the existing urban infrastructure but with a limitation in the number of private vehicles in speed and access. These vehicles will be made available on demand for door-to-door service in complement to public transportation. The deployment of such systems in cities will provide better urban environment and mobility for all users, better safety and security, and reduced dependency on oil resources. This will make European city-centres more accessible and attractive for business, culture and tourism.


The work is focused on the testing, analysis and improvement of existing techniques which are starting to appear on the market. In particular, technical improvements are expected for the vehicles on guidance, collision avoidance, platooning and vehicle control systems. For the infrastructure, technical improvements are also expected on the system management, human-machine interfaces, remote operation and energy management.

Related Projects


  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France (Coordinator)
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy
  • Frog Navigation Systems B.V., Netherlands
  • Autos & Energies Sarl, Switzerland
  • CN Serpentine SA, Switzerland
  • RUF Danmark, Denmark
  • Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Portugal
  • University Of Southampton, UK
  • Yamaha Motor Europe N.V., Netherlands
  • Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd, Israel
  • TNO, Netherlands
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • Universita Degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza", Italy
  • Robosoft SA, France

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 5.066.673 / EU Contribution: € 2.489.385

Funded under the call: FP5-IST

Topic: 2000 - 1.5.2 - Intelligent Vehicle Systems