FESTA CONSORTIUM, 2008. Handbook version 2. 19 August 2008.
In Japan and in the United States Field Operational Tests (FOTs) have been introduced as an
evaluation method for driver support systems and other functions several years ago with the
aim of proving that such systems can deliver real‐world benefits. In Europe too, FOTs have
been conducted at a national or regional level, particularly on speed support systems and
lane departure warning systems. These FOTs have proven to be highly valuable. Recently
FOTs have been identified as an important means of verifying the real‐world impacts of new
systems at a European level and in particular to verify that European R&D has the potential
to deliver identifiable benefits. This Handbook is the result of a joint effort of several
research institutes, OEMs and other stakeholders from across Europe to prepare a common
methodology for European FOTs. It is also highly relevant, and it is hoped useful, for FOTs
conducted at a regional or national level within Europe as well as outside Europe.
Please see the report for a full list of authors. This report is also available at http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/festa/downloads.php