According to the latest data available, in 2017 25.300 people lost their lives on EU roads; of which 21% were pedestrians and 8% were cyclists. These percentages help to explain the effort made during the last decade to progress in active safety, as a result of advances in video and radar technology.
Some of these lifesaving technologies were developed under the PROSPECT project, coordinated by IDIADA, with the main objective of laying the foundations for next generation Vulnerable Road User´s (VRU) active safety systems for cars to significantly reduce crashes, especially at intersections.
The PROSPECT project finished in October 2018, and its results have had visible implications for policies and regulations in understanding the real-world benefit of new ADAS functions and systems. Some of the advances made thanks to the PROSPECT project and its lifesaving technologies are:
At the moment of finishing the PROSPECT project, it experienced not only an interest from standardization bodies (Euro NCAP, ISO) but also from the automotive industry. There is already commitment from US manufacturers to fit their cars before 2022 with these live-saving devices and Europe should be the next target market. The EU institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation. As of 2022, new lifesaving technologies will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists (these measures include not only electronic stability control systems, lane departure warning systems, but also advanced emergency braking systems).
Now that the project has finished, Applus+ IDIADA is considering the next steps to follow. The majority of opportunities for car manufacturers (OEMs) are based on the incorporation of components, software, and hardware, into existing tools and products and working towards the commercial product / service market launch. The presence of several prominent OEMs and two of the three world’s leading Tier1s in the consortium will ensure the rapid and broad implementation of the key innovations developed in PROSPECT, thereby contributing to the improvement of traffic safety in Europe and saving lives in the spirit of ‘Vision Zero’. For Applus+ IDIADA, the opportunities are customer-based, especially in testing services with PROSPECT use cases and consulting services for local governments, infrastructure providers and insurance companies.
When the project finished, a final event was held at IDIADA in October 2018, including presentations, live-demonstrations and workshops with international stakeholders. Its main objective was to share the output and final results of the project.
To make the day a unique experience, the Final Event was a joint event of three European projects dedicated to vulnerable road users’ (VRU) safety: InDeV, XCYCLE and PROSPECT. All three projects aim at significantly improving VRU safety.
The Joint Final Event of the three projects received very good feedback from the special guests and all participants, who appreciated the various activities: workshops, prototypes demonstrations, interactive zone with networking. Applus+ IDIADA hosted around 170 experts on VRU safety from more than 20 countries and from different fields: human factor, development, infrastructure, communication, testing & validation and accidentology, among others. Finally, the event gathered experts from all automotive industry, local authorities and VRU organizations.