The potential socio-economic impacts of introducing intelligent safety systems - call for tenders

December 4, 2003

Brussels, 03 Dec 2003

The European Commission has published a call for tenders for an exploratory study on the potential socio-economic impacts of the introduction of intelligent safety systems in road vehicles.

The contract will involve:

- taking stock of the available material on the specific subject and identifying existing gaps;

- developing a methodology to assess the potential impact of intelligent road (vehicle) safety systems in Europe, considering 2010 and 2020 as the target years for the short and medium term; this methodology should also account for the impact of combined systems (fusion of sensors, integration and use of multiple active safety systems together);

- providing the parameters/factors for estimating the socio-economic benefits which can be obtained due to the reduction of fatalities, injuries and property damage accidents resulting from the introduction of intelligent road (vehicle) safety systems; such parameters should include both internal costs (such as improved journey times, reduced congestion, infrastructure and operating costs) and external costs (environmental impacts, medical care costs, etc.);

- providing a framework for exploring likely market deployment scenarios for intelligent road (vehicle) safety systems - including equipped versus non-equipped vehicle fleet considerations- and for delivering well justified estimates of expected benefits and costs per likely scenario, with the emphasis on technologies and systems which hold the most promise.

For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Antonios Barbas
BU31, 5/17
B-1049 Brussels
Tel +32-2 296 3436
Fax +32-2 296 9548

To see the full details of the call, please consult the following web address:
Remarks: The deadline for submitting tender documents is 15.1.2004.

Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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