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Advancing active safety towards the protection of vulnerable road users: the PROSPECT project

  • Accidents involving Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) are still a very significant issue for road safety. According to the World Health Organisation, pedestrian and cyclist deaths account for more than 25% of all road traffic deaths worldwide. Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems have the potential to improve safety for these VRU groups. The PROSPECT project (Proactive Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists) aims to significantly improve the effectiveness of active VRU safety systems compared to those currently on the market by expanding the scope of scenarios addressed by the systems and improving the overall system performance. The project pursues an integrated approach: Newest available accident data combined with naturalistic observations and HMI guidelines represent key inputs for the system specifications, which form the basis for the system development. For system development, two main aspects are considered: advanced sensor processing with situation analysis, and intervention strategies including braking and steering. All these concepts are implemented in several vehicle prototypes. Special emphasis is put on balancing system performance in critical scenarios and avoiding undesired system activations. For system validation, testing in realistic scenarios will be done. Results will allow the performance assessment of the developed concepts and a cost-benefit analysis. The findings within the PROSPECT project will contribute to the generation of state -of-the-art knowledge, technical innovations, assessment methodologies and tools for advancing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems towards the protection of VRUs. The introduction of a new generation safety system in the market will enhance VRU road safety in 2020-2025, contributing to the "Vision Zero" objective of no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic set out in the Transport White Paper. Furthermore, the test methodologies and tools developed within the project shall be considered for the New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) future roadmaps, supporting the European Commission goal of halving the road toll in the 2011-2020 timeframe.

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Author:Andres Aparicio, Laura Sanz, Gary Burnett, Hans Stoll, Maxim Arbitmann, Martin Kunert, Fabian Flohr, Patrick SeinigerORCiD, Dariu Gavrila
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2018/09/17
Year of first publication:2017
Contributing corporation:IDIADA Automotive Technology (Santa Oliva)
Release Date:2018/09/17
Tag:Aktive Sicherheit; Analyse (math); Fahrerassistenzsystem; Fußgänger; Radfahrer; Unfall
Accident; Active safety; Analysis (math); Cyclist; Driver assistance system; Pedestrian
Außerdem beteiligt: University of Nottingham; Audi AG; Continental Teves; Robert Bosch GmbH; Daimler AG; University of Amsterdam
Source:25th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), Paper No. 17-0193
Institutes:Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik / Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik
Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 91 Fahrzeugkonstruktion
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) / 25th ESV Conference 2017

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