Our third and final Policy Brief focuses on ‘How’s my driving?‘. It sheds light on how Corporate Social Responsibility can support Road Safety, and how Road Safety can improve the Transport Business.
This policy brief starts out by stating that we should move beyond ‘blame-it-on-the-driver’. We should look further than the individual driver and act upon structural factors that are involved in crashes. Tackling those factors can reduce the number and severity of crashes.
Up next is Corporate SocialResponsibility. Mobility must be safe to become sustainable. As a growing number of public authorities commit to reducing traffic fatalities and promoting walking and cycling, public opinion is shifting on the issue of road risk. When a commercial vehicle kills or seriously injures a person walking or cycling, the event is no longer seen as a stroke of “bad luck” about which the company involved could do nothing. People understand that the company could and should have done something to prevent the fatality.
Then, we focused on the solution i-DREAMS can offer to many challenges. i-DREAMS has developed a ready-to-use solution to many challenges faced by businesses in the transport industry. Rising fuel and insurance costs, taxes and wages rising… the overall increasing cost structure can quickly become a burden. To resist in this very competitive industry, resilience is a determinant factor. The most secure asset companies can rely on is their qualified and devoted workers.
To close off this policy brief, we look ahead. What’s next for i-DREAMS?
We reached the end of i-DREAMS and what a ride it was! Besides all the research that was carried out, we also put a lot of effort into making the research as accessible and understandable as possible for everyone interested in our project. This elaborate final brochure is a synthesis of that effort.
Through 37 deliverables we described our research journey. These technical reports, most of which available on our website, are often difficult to read for a non-scientific audience. Therefore our communication managerinterviewed the authors of the different deliverables to let them tell their research story in a non-scientific way. All these interviews were compiled in this brochure, together with a couple of short syntheses of the deliverables that are confidential, thus not publicly available on our website.
By clicking on the deliverable numbers in the timeline, you can directly jump to the deliverable interview you prefer. If you are mainly interested in how we approached the research, then the interviews of WP’s 2, 3, 4 and 5 will shed a light on that. More curious about the results? Then make sure to read the WP 6 and 7 interviews. WP 8 provides answers to what is next, after the project. To conclude, WP 1, 9 and 10 respectively elaborate on our management approach, our communication and dissemination strategy, and the ethical challenges we had to tackle.
We hope you enjoy reading this brochure!
i-DREAMS in short
Discover what i-DREAMS is all about in this comprehensible Pecha Kuchapresentation! How can i-DREAMS help business owners to follow up on their drivers, optimize their operations and improve their results?
Find out in just 20 slides!
i-DREAMS final event
The i-DREAMS project aimed to develop a system that provides real-time and post-trip interventions to keep drivers of different modes in a safe driving zone. After the start in May 2019, we planned to end our project in April 2022. However, the project end was postponed for one year due to covid. On Wednesday 26 April 2023 we will organise our final event where we will present our realisations.
Are you interested in joining our final event? You can register via the button below. Don’t hesitate too long to assure your spot in the event room. Based on the registrations we received so far, we are slowly approaching the maximum capacity of what the event location allows.
Dive right into the 31 public deliverables of the i-DREAMS project by following up on this interesting interview series. This time, we focus on deliverable 3.3, which focuses on the toolbox of recommended interventions to assist drivers in maintaining a Safety Tolerance Zone.
The i-DREAMS project aims to set up a framework for the definition, development, testing and validation of a context-aware safety envelope for driving called the ‘Safety Tolerance Zone’. The conceptual framework of the i-DREAMS platform integrates aspects of monitoring (such as context, operator, vehicle, task complexity and coping capacity), to develop a Safety Tolerance Zone for driving. Real-time (in-vehicle) interventions and post-trip interventions will help to maintain the Safety Tolerance Zone and provide feedback to the driver.
This conceptual framework will be tested in simulator studies and three stages of on-road trials in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Portugal and the United Kingdom with a total of 600 participants representing car, bus, truck, tram and train drivers.
The main purpose of this deliverable is to explain how exactly the real-time and the post-trip interventions provided by the i-DREAMS platform are operationalized.
MEDIATOR is the acronym for “MEdiating between Driver and Intelligent Automated Transport systems on Our Roads“.
MEDIATOR will develop a mediating system for drivers in semi-automated and highly automated vehicles, resulting in safe, real-time switching between the human driver and automated system based on who is fittest to drive.
MEDIATOR pursues a paradigm shift away from a view that prioritises either the driver or the automation, instead integrating the best of both.
Partner project: ADAS&ME
ADAS&ME is the acronym for “Adaptive ADAS to support incapacitated drivers Mitigate Effectively risks through tailor made HMI under automation”.
We had an interesting talk with Rachel Talbot from project partner Loughborough University, author of Deliverable 3.1. This report describes the underpinning framework that relates to driver and context monitoring in the i-DREAMS platform on which the practical development, testing and validation will be built upon.
“It is unlikely that a ‘one size fits all’ approach will be appropriate when designing the i-DREAMS platform. We will have to optimize for each transport mode considered”.
Deliverable 2.1 reviewed and assessed state-of-the art approaches and methods to monitor the driver’s mental state and contextual factors of the driving environment that impact task demand. In addition, a selection of driver trait factors (including measurement methods) were summarized and driver behaviour indicators were reviewed.
Learn all about deliverable 2.1 by reading this interview with Susanne Kaiser from project partner KFV.
“The diagnostic power of an intervention system that is dynamic and that is based on the driver’s state and environment information, is what makes i-DREAMS unique”.