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ARTIC – Antenna Research and Technology for the Intelligent Car

Funded under 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme)
Research area: ICT-2007.6.2 ICT for cooperative systems
Project Acronym: ARTIC
Project Reference: 224335
Start Date: 2008-04-01
Duration: 24 months
Project Cost: 466540.00 euro
Contract Type: Coordination and support actions
End Date: 2010-03-31
Project Status: Execution
Project Funding: 361000.00 euro

Antenna research is a strategic enabling technology for intelligent vehicles and road safety services. Car-to-car communications, real time congestion identification, obstacle and collision radars, and onboard sensor networks are based on novel antenna solutions and subsystems integration.

In Europe, antenna research has received enormous benefits from the structuring efforts provided by the Network of Excellence ACE and its outstanding results, such as cutting-edge antenna research, the European School of Antennas (ESoA), the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), the Virtual Centre of Excellence (ACE-VCE), and the ACE Community (joined by over 300 European institutions and 1600 researchers). Moreover, ACE created the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) to support ACE results beyond the ACE duration (see www.antennasvce.org).

In this project, the coordination action “Antenna Research and Technology for the Intelligent Car” (ARTIC) will support the transfer of antenna technology from ACE to Intelligent Car Initiative and eSafety, in particular to implementing the best future subsystems for improved safety, higher transport system efficiency, reliable information for drivers, and other options.

Specifically, ARTIC will work with the COMeSafety FP6 project to distribute information about the latest radio links technology, to present the best practices on antenna software and measurement procedures, to provide industrial training by the EsoA, and to support dissemination by a major international conference. In addition, ARTIC’s achievements will be shared with stakeholders, scientists and the public by a dedicated section of the ACE Virtual Centre of Excellence. The Consortium is made up of top-level European antenna researchers and representatives from the Car-to-Car Communication Consortium.