Field Operational Tests (FOT) are large-scale test programmes aiming at a comprehensive assessment of the efficiency, quality, robustness and acceptance of ICT solutions used for smarter, safer and cleaner and more comfortable transport solutions. In Europe, these tests have mostly been carried out at the national level in the past, but there is now a growing need to incorporate FOTs into a common European framework. National, European and international FOT organisers are now gathered in one strategic networking platform: FOT-Net.
FOT-Net is the point of reference for anyone interested in Field Operational Tests, their organisation their set up and their results.
FOT-Net is open to all stakeholders from public and private sectors willing to exchange experiences and benefit from each others’ learning experiences
Field Operational Tests: from Research to Markets
A large number of ICT-based transport applications have been successfully developed and demonstrated in collaborative research projects throughout Europe. Today, there is a growing need to understand several questions which are crucial for market introduction and penetration of these systems:
How does the driver use the system?
What are the short and long term effects?
How can the systems performance be further improved?
By testing the systems on a large scale, in real driving conditions during a significant period of time, Field Operational Tests can answer these questions. The results of FOT’s will enable policy makers to establish the right policy framework for deployment of these systems, and business leaders to make informed decisions about the market introduction of the systems.