Demonstration of a Cooperative Information System for Heavy Vehicles

Demonstration of a Cooperative Information System for Heavy Vehicles


S Meland, C Mausethagen, O Rennemo, SINTEF, NO


The paper presents main characteristics of and findings from the evaluation of a ten week long live demonstration of a cooperative information system for heavy goods vehicles, involving eight vehicles on the 500 km route between Oslo and Trondheim.


GOFER is an ongoing research project co-funded by the Norwegian Research Council, aiming at contributing to the development of cooperative information systems for heavy goods vehicles in order to facilitate control and management of heavy freight vehicles in urban areas, much the same way as the air control manages airplanes approaching or leaving an airport.

The project has included a live demonstration involving eight heavy goods vehicles on the 500 km route between Oslo and Trondheim for a ten weeks period, ending in February 2012. These vehicles were equipped with on board units (Galaxy Tabs) for exchange of information between the drivers involved in the demonstration, between the drivers and the terminal, and between the road authorities and the drivers, using an information system with functionality specially developed for the project. Information types included estimated arrival time, based on information about the vehicle (total weight and engine power) and road characteristics (curvature, slope, width), relevant road and traffic information from road authorities, predefined road- and traffic messages initiated by the drivers, recommended route to terminal and information about slot-time at terminal. Vehicle positions and exchange of information has been logged continuously as a part of the demonstration.
As part of the evaluation process, the drivers taking part in the demonstration were all interviewed at the end of the demonstration period. The interview consists of four main parts:
1. About the driver; background and previous experience with information systems and technology
2. About the equipment and functionality of the information system
3. About the various types of information included in the test, the usefulness, timing, etc.
4. An overall assessment of the demonstration and the information tested.
Based on the survey results and logged data from the demonstration, there will be held a workshop in March 2012, aiming at identifying potential benefits from the system tested for the various participants in the transport sector, the authorities and the commercial suppliers of information services, and the potential for further development of the information system and functionality demonstrated. The conference paper will include presentation of the demonstration, and main findings from the driver interviews and the workshop.


Association for European Transport