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Type: Pilot
Tested system/service: Cooperative Systems, Energy Efficiency
Countries: Italy, Austria, Sweden, Belgium ? test users
12 partners ? vehicles
Active from 2010/11/01 to 2013/06/30
Gino Franco
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Energy efficiency is strictly related to CO2 emissions and by its nature is a global issue. Traffic and transport have the potential of producing savings in energy consumptions that are potentially estimated in 26%. Looking at the traffic and transport system as a whole, energy is addressed in the traffic environment through different angles:

  • Vehicle fuel consumption: Savings can be achieved by adding different effects: Engine technology; Environment sensitive traffic control strategy; Ecodriving style of the vehicle drivers
  • Energy used to operate on-road equipment: traffic control management systems need energy to be operated. Signalisation is the component mostly demanding in terms of electrical power. LED technology makes available special features that can be exploited in order to reduce the energy consumption by using the full luminance only when needed.
  • Energy harvesting: traffic means moving vehicle and ultimately weight in motion. Using the same principle used by electric engines that recover a fraction of this energy to recharge the batteries, also the roadside infrastructure has the possibility to collect and convert into electrical power portion of this energy. The latest technologies and applications for making vehicle and infrastructure dialoguing (cooperative systems) are perfectly fitting in the scenario, and should be exploited since the first phases of deployment.

The COSMO project is aiming at addressing all the above mentioned topics by providing practical demonstration on selected test sites. Sites are selected specifically according to their capacity to run a local pilot project, implementing latest technologies to demonstrate the feasibility and level of impact achievable in different operational context and scenario. The result produced are expected to rise the awareness of the decision makers and pave the way for a new generation of energy efficient and environment aware solutions for traffic management and control.

COSMO is a pilot type B under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) - ICT Policy Support Programme

Details of Field Operational Test

Start date and duration of FOT execution

Geographical Coverage

COSMO will set up three Pilot Sites in which a range of cooperative applications will be installed and tested: Salerno (Italy), Vienna (Austria) and Gothenburg (Sweden)

Link with other related Field Operational Tests

All sites will implement leading-edge cooperative systems technologies developed in the recent EC-funded research projects COOPERS, CVIS and SAFESPOT.


COSMO is adopting a system-wide approach to the assessment of energy efficiency, measuring the effect of a range of innovative traffic management systems not only on fuel consumption and traffic emissions, but also considering the impact of the energy used by the equipment itself, the product lifecycle and energy harvesting.

The principal result will be a set of quantified specifications for their practical deployment, covering technical, legal and organisational issues, as well as indications on the procurement, installation, operation and maintenance.

COSMO contributes to the EcoMobility sector objectives "Eco-smart driving" and Eco-traffic management".


The results from COSMO will help raise awareness of the potential of cooperative systems in contributing to energy efficiency and pave the way for their large scale uptake.

Lessons learned

Main events


Summary, type of funding and budget


The overall budget of the project is €3.88m.


The project is co-financed by the European Commission to a total of €1.94m

Cooperation partners and contact persons

Applications and equipment

Applications tested

Experimentation will be carried out in the following application areas:

  • Environmentally sensitive traffic control strategies
  • Eco-driving for private vehicle and for public transport
  • Multimodal real-time information systems designed to maximize energy efficiency
  • Advanced energy efficient technologies integrated in roadside equipment
  • Dynamic City Access Management strategy
  • Advanced Real-Time Congestion Management System


Equipment carried by test users


Test equipment


Pre-simulation / Piloting of the FOT

Method for the baseline

Techniques for measurement and data collection

Recruitment goals and methods

Methods for the liaison with the drivers during the FOT execution

Methods for data analysis, evaluation, synthesis and conclusions

Sources of information