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Close Communications for Cooperation between Cybercars
General information
From 2006-01-01 to 2008-12-31 Completed
Project Website 1


This Project is driven by the vision that, in the short term future, Cybernetic Transport Systems (CTS) based on fully automated urban vehicles (the cybercars) will be seen on city roads and on new dedicated infrastructures. Such systems have been developed and evaluated in the scope of the CyberCars ( and CyberMove ( projects of the 5th FWP and are now being deployed.

Since Cybernetic Transport Systems are primarily based on driverless vehicles , i.e. CyberCars2, this project was aimed at developing a set of tools and systems to enable driverless vehicles to perform the necessary driving maneuvers in a co-operative manner i.e. in cooperation with each other and also in cooperation with vehicles driven by human beings.


The Cybercars-2 project was particularly focused on the design, development, prototyping and on-road testing of:

  • A Co-operative Cybernetic Transport System (CCTS) Architecture capable of accommodating requirements for interoperable CCTS;
  • Dual-Mode vehicles;
  • Co-operative Driving Algorithms to enable CyberCars to perform driving maneuvers in cooperation with each other, the road infrastructure, and dual-mode vehicles;
  • A concept of a Co-operative Road Traffic Management & Control (CRTM&C) centre capable of managing and supervising operations of Co-operative Cybernetic Transport Systems.
  • Procedures for on-road testing of operational performance of Co-operative Cybernetic Transport Systems


The Project will therefore enhance and enrich the existing Cybernetic Transport System concept. To this purpose, the Project will use already existing vehicles available at INRIA: eight cybercars which will be upgraded to use the new communication technologies and new control algorithms. Other cybercars available in Spain, China and in Australia will also be used for the project. On the other hand, CRF will use two available ADAS vehicles in order to transform them into dual-mode vehicles.

Related Projects


  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France (Coordinator) -
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China -
  • Frog Navigation Systems B.V., Netherlands -
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy -
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain -
  • Universitaet Stuttgart, Germany -
  • Griffith University, Australia -
  • Fundacion Robotiker, Spain -
  • Eurolum SAS, France -
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Netherlands -
  • Robosoft SA, France -

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 4.044.500 / EU contribution: € 2.068.000

Funded under the call: FP6-IST

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