PReVENT sets the road safety scene at ITS World Congress
The 12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in San Francisco took place 6 - 10 November 2005. The integrated project (IP) was represented at this event through a large amount of PReVENT partners in the field of preventive and active safety systems. Car manufacturers (DaimlerChrysler, Volvo), equipment suppliers (Bosch, Siemens VDO, IBEO), map makers (NAVTEQ, TeleAtlas), Research Institutes (e.g ICCS, INRETS), Universities (e.g. University of Evry (LCPC)) and ERTICO were present.
The latest results of the EC-funded integrated project PReVENT were presented in a series of three Special Sessions and four technical presentations totaling 22 presentations. All presentations are available on the PReVENT website under previous events.
The three Special Sessions featured both overview and technical insight of the PReVENT recent results. While one complete session was devoted to an overview of PReVENT and its latest IP level results, the two other ones focused on a particular aspects of preventive and active safety: lateral support technologies and ADAS horizon with the new results on the ADAS Interface.
The PReVENT special session was chaired by Fabrizio Minarini, European Commission Project Officer. A series of six presentations showed the preliminary results of the functional and cross-functional activities taking place within the IP PReVENT and the plans to bring the different preventive and active safety applications on an integrated platform. For the first time, the architecture and specifications for preventive safety applications were introduced at IP level as a resulting from a large consensus among the PReVENT partners. At the same time the functional area of lateral applications was presented focusing on architecture and specifications issues. The new Phase 2 project INSAFES, which started in September, is used to integrate in one single vehicle a series of safety applications developed in PReVENT. In order to do this, the PReVENT functional subprojects will have to deliver their system following a specified architecture developed in the ProFusion subproject. The challenge of INSAFES will also be to integrate these functions from the driver's perspective and use a smart human-machine interface that can take into account the driver-vehicle-environment status before informing, warning or intervening.
The PReVENT lateral support special session (chaired and organised by Dr. Angelos Amditis of ICCS) covered the results of two PReVENT subprojects: SAFELANE and LATERAL SAFE. The former is focusing on lane keeping systems and the latter deals with lane change assistance, lane collision warning and blind spot monitoring. The different presentations showed how a similar architecture can use different sensors in order to achieve a 360 degrees knowledge of the surroundings. Again, these functions will be integrated together in the INSAFES subproject, for which its technical details were also presented at this session. The presentations were complimented by a market analysis and the future trends of lateral safety applications given by VOLVO cars. The University of Evry presented a concrete example of the intelligence behind the new applications developed in PReVENT with an integrated platform for lateral and longitudinal vehicle control. In addition, a presentation of the US activities with the Lateral Driver Assist field trial was presented.
The ADAS Horizon Special Session provided all recent results related to the cross-functional subproject Digital Maps. As a predictive sensor called ADAS Horizon, the in-vehicle digital map is an important source of information providing look-ahead capability for ADAS applications and providing further information for on-board sensors to enhance environment perception. MAPS&ADAS develops a standardised interface between ADAS applications and an in-vehicle map database. A large amount of the ADAS applications could benefit from this information to make the environment sensing even more reliable. The first map supported application on the European market is the BMW ACC. It uses maps to adapt to curves ahead and to adjust the dynamics of ACC acceleration to the road ahead. In addition, the latest results of the eSafety working group on Digital Maps and final results of the USDoT-funded EDMAP project were presented.
Last but not least, four technical papers were presented at different sessions. Among them, the latest WILLWARN results on local danger warning detection for use in vehicle-to-vehicle communication and its relevant check algorithms before it notifies the driver. Also presented were the COMPOSE results using laser scanning and FIR sensors for detection of vulnerable road users and the INTERSAFE results for intersection accurate positioning and dynamic object detections.