The EU-funded SCOOP project is designed to facilitate trials of future vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure project (V2X) connectivity solutions under real-world driving conditions. It is carried out alongside a range of partners in France, including the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, regional authorities, infrastructure operators, universities and research centres. Groupe Renault is working with SCOOP to test new technology on its Renault Megane vehicles and is in the process of recruiting fleet partners to be part of the project.
The fleet of SCOOP-enabled vehicles uses technology which will be fitted to tomorrow’s autonomous, connected cars. This includes sensors and computers that gather and analyse vehicle data such as speed, steering wheel angle, possible tyre grip problems in relation to the weather, windscreen wiper operation and deployment of airbags. If a problem is detected, the car’s on-board computer automatically sends a warning message to likewise equipped vehicles and to roadside units positioned along motorways. These units then notify emergency services if a major incident is detected. In the pre-deployment phase, the units will be installed along 2,000 kilometres of roads in the greater Paris region, along the A4 motorway, in the Isère department in eastern France and on the Bordeaux ring road and in Brittany.