The Safespot Integrated Project is a co-founded project by the European Commission Information Society Technologies among the initiatives of the Sixth Framework Program which has the aim of improving awareness of the vehicle’s surrounding situation through a concurrent and synergic behavior between vehicle and infrastructure.
Safespot integrates a communication system based on the standard 802.11p; specifically, it considers a cooperative environment where a Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANET) is used to transmit safety-relevant information between vehicle and infrastructure units.
The availability of messages from other traffic actors greatly enriches and enhances the range of information available to the vehicle’s safety systems compared to more conventional systems that only use on-board sensors.
All of this information is used to warn the driver through a human–machine interface using visual and acoustic messages.
It has been implemented the hard-ware architecture compliant with the Safespot system in a PTW (Powered Two-Wheeler) vehicle: it is designed in order to collect and store data retrieved from local sensors and from sensors belonging to other vehicles or to infrastructure units received through the network.
The work in progress is the implementation of applications which will perform dangerous scenario analysis and driver warning.