A joint program of activities is developed to help to develop the European Virtual Centre, the Humanist Consortium.It consists of research, management activities, etc. The research field is vast and covers different aspects of Human-centered Design. It includes:
- Evaluation of ITS potential benefits
- Identification of the driver needs on ITS
- Joint-cognitive models of Driver-Vehicle environment
- Impact analysis of ITS on the driving attitude
- Innovative methods to evaluate ITS safety
- Driver education and training for using ITS
In the beginning, the research activities will focus on identifying the significant gaps in the scientific knowledge. New research issues will also be defined. There are annual programs of infrastructure sharing and researcher exchange. Various integrating activities are formed to consolidate and manage the NoE research structure. This includes promoting the movement of researchers within the network, optimizing the present infrastructures through sharing; setting up an internal electronic system so that it is easy to share knowledge within the network. There are web-conference, forum and common database that are used for sharing knowledge among many people.
Various activities are created to disseminate the knowledge to the stakeholders. This is done by organizing debates, setting up training programs for young researchers and European students. The Periodic internal review will be carried out to assess the quality of the network integration. An external review will also take place towards the end of the project. There will be a solid business plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project which is expected to go beyond four years. This project will have a positive impact on people who are involved with the automotive industry, especially the drivers. It is essential to share the knowledge with a wide group of audience to make the project successful.