European Newsletter Published Article about the DRIVE-IN Project
The Future Internet Forum, in association with ceFIMS FP7 Coordination Action, published, in February 2011, its first Newsletter with a special feature about the Largest Vehicular Network Testbed in Europe which is taking place in Portugal. The name of the project that is responsible for this initiative is Drive-In - Distributed Routing and Infotainment through Vehicular Inter-Networking. The project is affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program which is funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
The article explains the particularities of the Drive-In project that has a large-scale vehicular ad-hoc network of 500 taxi cabs, which offer practical examples of the economic and social benefits of intelligent transportation systems. These cabs are circulating in the city of Porto, Portugal, with a prototype that helps researchers to collect and test data for improving security and efficiency of vehicular transportation. The intelligent vehicles will provide real-time information pertaining to the conditions of the pavement, noise levels, and traffic accidents which will affect the quality of life.
The Drive-In project involves researchers from Portuguese universities (Porto and Aveiro), research institutions (Instituto de Telecomunicações), public administration (Instituto de Mobilidade e dos Transportes Terrestres), companies (NDrive, Geolink, RadiTaxis), and Carnegie Mellon University.
The Future Internet Forum (FIF) is composed by representatives of the Member or Associated States initiatives and activities on Future Internet. It consists of either high-level officials from the competent ministries or experts from a public or private institution mandated specifically to represent national Future Internet (FI) initiatives.
Read the article at the Future Internet Forum Newsletter (pdf file).