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To improve comparability and significance of FOT results at national and European levels, the FESTA project, funded by the European Commission, originally developed a handbook on FOT methodology.

The methodology is now owned by the FOT community. It is promoted and it has been periodically updated by FOT-Net. The latest update was version 7 in December 2018. FOT-Net has organised webinars and workshops disseminating the methodology.

Even though FESTA Handbook was made for FOTs, the basic steps in it are applicable and recommended for field tests of all kind.

The FESTA Handbook covers issues concerning all aspects of the time-line and administration of an FOT, such that advice will be provided regarding aspects from needs analysis at the commencement of an FOT all the way through to the integration of the acquired data and estimation of socio-economic benefits at the end.

FOT-Net has organised webinars and workshops disseminating the methodology. Recorded webinars (in the FOT-Net Library) explain the main steps in FESTA:

Introduction to FESTA Methodology [1] Context, functions, use cases, research questions and hypotheses [2] Performance indicators, study design, measures and sensors [3] Legal and ethical issues [4] Databases, data analysis and hypothesis testing [5] Impact assessment and socio-economic cost–benefit analysis [6] Data sharing [7]

We invite projects to use FESTA, provide feedback and send us new methodology-related reports!

FOT-Net has also published a Data Sharing Framework as a complement to FESTA [8]. The framework contains a set of guidelines and best practices on data management and sharing.

Main publication:

  • Version 7 of the FESTA Handbook on FOT Methodology [9]

Browse the handbook (version 5, not updated) by Chapter in this Wiki:

Chapter title:
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction
2 Planning and Running a Field Operational Test
3 Legal and Ethical Issues
4 From Functions to Hypotheses
5 Performance Indicators
6 Experimental procedures
7 Guidelines for Data Acquisition
8 Guidelines for FOT Databases and Analysis Tools
9 Data Analysis and Modelling
10 Socio-Economic Impact
11 References
Annex A Legal and ethical issues in the execution of FOTs – Worked Example
Annex B FOT implementation plan
Annex C Hypotheses formulation

Browse the FESTA V by clicking the blue text boxes in the figure:

FESTA Handbook: Festa V Activities ContextFESTA Handbook: Selection and description of functionsFESTA Handbook: Definition of use cases and situationsFESTA Handbook: Identification of the research questionsFESTA Handbook: Performance IndicatorsFESTA Handbook: Study DesignFESTA Handbook: Measures and SensorsFESTA Handbook: Data AcquisitionFESTA Handbook: DatabaseFESTA Handbook: MeasuresFESTA Handbook: Performance IndicatorsFESTA Handbook: Data AnalysisFESTA Handbook: Identification of the research questionsFESTA Handbook: Impact AssessmentFESTA Handbook: Socio Economic Cost Benefit AnalysisFESTA Handbook: Ethical & Legal IssuesFESTA Handbook: FOT Implementation PlanIm 1.1.png
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Full list of publications complementing the FESTA handbook:

From FOT-Net Data

  • FOT-Net Data (2016). Data Sharing Framework: FOT-Net Data Deliverable D3.1.

From FOT-Net 2 support action

  • FOT-Net 2 (2011). Working Group Additions to FOT Methodology. FOT-Net 2 Deliverable D3.2. [11]
  • FOT-Net 2 (2014a). Legal and ethical issues in the execution of FOTs – Worked Example. Annex A to FESTA Handbook Version 5. [12]
  • FOT-Net 2 (2014b). Defining crash relevant events in NDS/FOT studies formulation. Annex C to FESTA Handbook Version 5. [13]

From FESTA Project Official FESTA website

  • FESTA (2008a). A Comprehensive Framework of Performance Indicators and their Interaction. FESTA Deliverable D2.1. [14]
  • FESTA (2008b). Performance indicator matrix table. FESTA Deliverable D2.1. [15]
  • FESTA (2008c). Data Requirements for FOT Methodology. FESTA Deliverable D2.2. [16]
  • FESTA (2008d). Primer on experimental procedures. FESTA Deliverables D2.3. [17]
  • FESTA (2008e). Data analysis and modelling. FESTA Deliverable D2.4. [18]
  • FESTA (2008f). FOT Implementation plan. FESTA Deliverable D2.5. [19]
  • FESTA (2008g). Socio-economic impact assessment for driver assistance systems. FESTA Deliverable D2.6. [20]
  • FESTA (2008h). Common vision regarding vehicle systems FOTs. FESTA Deliverable D3. [21]
  • FESTA (2008i). Common vision regarding cooperative systems FOTs. FESTA Deliverable D4. [22]
  • FESTA (2008j). Common vision regarding nomadic devices FOTs. FESTA Deliverable D5. [23]
  • FESTA (2008k). FOTs requirements, legal aspects, planning and development. FESTA Deliverable D6.3. [24]


  • eIMPACT Deliverable D3 [25]
  • eIMPACT Deliverable D4 [26]


We would like to thank all the individuals who have contributed to FESTA Handbook. The original Version and Version 2 were produced by the FESTA project consortium. An update to Version 3 of the FESTA manual was performed by a working group in the FOT-NET 2 Support Action based on the results of seminars organised in the previous FOT-NET project and feedback from users of Version 2. Version 4 took into account the feedback received after the publication of Version 3 for Open Consultation in the period July-August 2011 and during a presentation workshop in Gothenburg (8 September 2011).

The following organizations contributed directly or indirectly to one or more revisions of the FESTA Handbook as members of at least one of the consortia of the FESTA, FOT-NET, FOT-NET 2 Support Actions:

A.D.C. Automotive Distance Control Systems GmbH Germany
Association of French Motorway Companies (ASFA) France
BMW Germany
Chalmers University of Technology (SAFER) Sweden
Daimler Germany
Delphi France France
European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation (ERTICO) Belgium
Federal Highway Research Institute (BAST) Germany
FIAT Research Center (CRF) Italy
Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research Germany
French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research (INRETS) France
Galicia Automotive Technological Center (CTAG) Spain
International Automobile Federation (FIA) France
ITS Bretagne France
Loughborough University United Kingdom
Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (RWW) Netherlands
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Netherlands
Promotion Of Operational Links With Integrated Services, Association Internationale (POLIS) Belgium
Renault France
Robert Bosch GmbH Germany
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) Sweden
Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) Finland
Technical University of Aachen (IKA) Germany
University of Koln Germany
University of Leeds United Kingdom
Volvo car corporation Sweden
Volvo technology corporation Sweden

Special thanks are due to the various external experts for their valuable insights from their large experience and contributions in conducting FOTs. They contributed to the original version produced by the FESTA consortium. These experts include Jim Sayer of UMITRI, Charlie Klauer of VTTI, Tom Triggs, Kristie Young, Eve Mitsopoulos-Rubens, Neboja Tomasevic and Karen Stephan of MUARC, Harri Peltola of VTT and Riku Kotiranta of Chalmers University of Technology.


The FESTA and FOT Net 2 Support Action have been founded by the European Commission DG Information Society and Media in the 7th Framework Programme. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the project partners listed herein and does not necessarily represent the view of the European Commission or its services.