The SafeMap project, which is part of the DEUFRAKO programme (a cooperation between France and Germany), aims at assessing the use of a dedicated digital map for road safety applications. The consortium includes car and trucks manufacturers, map providers, universities, and other research agencies. The objectives are to define the database content in regards to safety, benefits, and data provision costs, to assess the feasibility of map data provision, to optimize the data provision chain (public authorities and private companies contributions), to provide a demonstrator with this system embedded, to evaluate in-vehicle safety applications using digital maps and driver acceptability.
Based on criteria of safety effectiveness and ease of implementation/deployment, Volvo has developed the following four functions for trucks:
(A) Speed Limit Assistant,
(B) Curve Speed Warning,
(C) Frequent Accident Spot Warning,
(D) Physical restrictions warning.
The aims of the present study were to assess the impact of information/warnings on driving, and to evaluate the acceptability of the SafeMap system as implemented by Volvo on an instrumented truck.