Pilots are running. Here are some impressions from the pilot sites:

Pilot tests are carried out to evaluate the impact of the developed systems in a realistic environment. They also provide an environment for demonstration. SAFEWAY2SCHOOL project includes five pilot sites scattered all over Europe to implement and test the various subsystems. Each pilot site has a special focus and all of them include different user groups to participate and use the system. Here you can find an overview on each pilot site. Description, pilot objectives, experiences from the pilot site and results will be presented successively while the pilots are running.

The following SAFEWAY2SCHOOL subsystems are installed on the pilot sites. They have either been developed within the project or discovered somewhere in Europe to be integrated into the holistic approach. Together they provide a toolkit to enhance the safety and comfort of children using school busses for their daily commuting.

Intelligent bus stops: such kind of bus stop is equipped with a light indicator placed in the upper part of the sign that illuminates itself when children are approaching. The goal is to put into evidence the presence of children to passing drivers so that they reduce vehicle speed , such device reveals to be very useful especially in case of fog, rain or poor visibility.

Tag for children using the intelligent bus stops. The tag will communicate wireless with the intelligent bus stop and it will indicate the presence of the child to passing drivers. The tag will be distributed to children and it can be easily pinned to their school bags. In Swedish pilot site the tag communicate also with a Driver Support System placed on the bus and exchange information about the unit's reference ID.

A New bus sign and bus stop sign, indicating the presence of children will be placed onto the school buses and at intelligent bus stops. The signs have been elaborated in the project to function as signals, which are clearly visible and recognizable over long viewing distances resp. high speeds, in order to effectively (early) warn drivers.

Driver Support Systems will be placed onto the school buses used in the test site. The systems are aimed at making the drivers task easier during the school transport by providing useful information about children on board, bus stops, timetable, planned route, fuel consumption, speed limit… Two kind of driver support systems will be tested during the project.

Some parents, students, onboard assistant and service organizers will be provided with several smartphones equipped with a SAFEWAY2SCHOOL application specifically created for the project aimed at improving the communication among users.

Bus drivers, parents and children involved in the test will be provided a training kit specifically created to enhance the risk awareness during school transport and to explain how to use the suggested technologies in the most efficient way.

The Bus Stop Inventory Tool is used to find and classify bus stops from a safety perspective. The bus stops safety degree is assessed on the basis of the risk of accidents and degree of insecurity for all types of passengers while waiting at a bus stop.

The In-Vehicle Driver information and warning is a display inside the car and appears when the driver is approaching an intelligent bus stop with children waiting.