PROSPECT aims to improve the effectiveness of active VRU safety systems compared to current systems by expanding the scope of accident scenarios addressed and improving the overall system performance.
    Started: May 2015
    Duration: 42 months
    Total budget: 6.931.978 EUR
    Coordinator: Andrés Aparicio, Applus+ IDIADA
    Partners: Applus+ IDIADA, AUDI, BASt, BOSCH, BMW, CONTINENTAL, CHALMERS, DAIMLER, IFSTTAR, 4activeSystems, TNO, TOYOTA, University of Budapest, University Of Amsterdam, University Of Nottingham, VOLVO, VTI
    Accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists remain a pending issue for road safety. Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities account for 28% of road fatalities in EU. This fact shows the magnitude of the problem.
    The first Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems that avoid and mitigate Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) accidents have been recently introduced in the market. Nevertheless there is high potential for improvement in this field.
    To achieve the overall goal of VRU accident and injury reduction, PROSPECT targets five key objectives across multiple domains:
    • Better understanding of relevant VRU scenarios by means of statistical accident studies and naturalistic urban observations.
    • Improved VRU sensing using enlarged VRU sensor coverage as well as improved sensor and situational analysis.
    • Advanced system control strategies such as combined steering and/or braking and advanced actuator concepts.
    • Project demonstrators that integrate the previous concepts.
    • Validation in realistic traffic scenarios, user acceptance tests and test methodologies that will be proposed to Euro NCAP for standardization.

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