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Type: R&D
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Countries: Germany ? test users
28 partners ? vehicles
Active from 2006/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Walter Scholl
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With the goal of improving both traffic safety and traffic flow in the future, the partners are working together to design, develop, and evaluate novel driver assistance systems, knowledge and information technologies, solutions for efficient traffic management and C2C and C2I communication for future cooperative vehicle applications.

Aktiv stands for „Adaptive and Cooperative Technologies for the Intelligent Traffic“. This German research initiative brings together 28 partners - automobile manufacturers and suppliers, electronic, telecommunication and software companies as well as research institutions. The four-year cooperation will continue through 2010.

The initiative Aktiv consists of 3 projects: Traffic Management, Active Safety and Cooperative Cars.

Details of Field Operational Test

Start date and duration of FOT execution

Geographical Coverage

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Future road traffic requires driver assistance- and traffic management systems , which

  • improve traffic safety for all participants,
  • decrease the driver load and efficiently guide him to his destination,
  • avoid traffic jams and better utilize the existing road capacity,
  • make economic and ecological sense and have a sound legal basis,
  • are accepted by the society and the user

Within the research initiative Aktiv the project Aktiv-AS (Active Safety) deals with the development of driver assistance systems with a main focus on safety relevant applications. Within the project Aktiv-VM (Traffic Management) technologies are developed, which will contribute to improve the performance of the road network. The project CoCar aims at the development of cellular mobile communication technologies for cooperative vehicle applications (C2C and C2I).

All projects together will reveal, how intelligent vehicles and efficient traffic management systems will interact in the future. The alliance of research and development combined with practical tests in Aktiv will significantly help to ensure our mobility and is of importance to maintain the german competitive capability.


Lessons learned

Main events

All events and the related documentations are to be found on the project website:


2010.06.23-24 Aktiv Final event

2010.03.16 3rd Aktiv-VM Cooperation and Innovation Forum

2009.05.26-26 2nd Aktiv plenary meeting

2009.05.14 Aktiv-CoCar Milestones presentation

2009.03.17 Aktiv-VM Cooperation and Innovation Forum

2008.06.25 Aktiv half-time Milestones presentations

2008.03.13 1st Aktiv-VM Cooperation and Innovation Forum

2007.06.11 1st CoCar Workshop

2007.03.26-27 1st Aktiv pleanry meeting

2007.03.15 Workshop on the legal framework for the introduction of ADAS



Summary, type of funding and budget

Nearly 60 million Euro, with contributions of 25 million Euro from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and 2 million Euro from the Federal Ministry for Research and Education.

Cooperation partners and contact persons

28 partners cooperate in the three projects of the initiative Aktiv - automobile manufacturers and suppliers, electronic, telecommunication, and software companies as well as research institutes. Numerous university and research institutes as well as small to medium-sized companies are also contributing to the projects as subcontractors.

Main Contact person

Aktiv-Büro c/o WES-Office

Walter Scholl

Hülenbergstraße 10 73230 Kirchheim unter Teck

Tel.: +49 (0) 7021 / 97 81 - 81 Fax: +49 (0) 7021 / 97 81 - 82

E-mail: aktiv[at]wes-office.de

Applications and equipment

Applications tested

1. Traffic Management: the project consists of 8 subprojects. In four of these, navigation and guidance systems will be developed, e.g., traffic signal controllers that autonomously react to disturbances in normal traffic flow. The other four will create novel technologies for data exchange and processing.

2. Active Safety: the project consists of 5 subprojects. Four of these are developing assistance systems for pro-active emergency braking, integrated lateral assistance, intersection assistance, and safety of pedestrians and cyclists. The fifth, horizontal subproject will concentrate on driver attention and safety issues.

3. Cooperative Cars - CoCars: the research focuses on the extension of the mobile communication system for reliable traffic data exchange among vehicles or between vehicles and traffic centers.


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