The PROSPECT project has been running for three years now. During this time, the PROSPECT team has identified challenges in bringing active VRU safety to the next stage.

In the second project period, the Consortium came up with a development of active safety solutions that address barriers of current advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

PROSPECT focusses on active safety solutions, where the vehicle survey surroundings based on video and radar sensing. The developed sensors intend to support a larger coverage of accident scenarios by means of:

  • An extended sensor field of view (e.g. frontal stereo vision coverage increased to about 90°, radar coverage increased up to 270° covering vehicle front and one side);
  • High-resolution and sensitive microwave radar sensors with enhanced micro-Doppler capabilities for a better radar-based VRU classification.

For automated driving however, the system should not only detect VRUs, but also predict their trajectories to anticipate and avoid potentially dangerous situations. In this case, advanced algorithms enable safety related decision-making and the systems developed within PROSPECT will take action in case of a critical situation with a VRU, increasing the effectiveness of current active safety systems.

Following this, the PROSPECT team is now continuing the validation and testing activities in realistic traffic scenarios including user acceptance tests and simulator experiments.

The upcoming articles provide an overview of the applied methodology pursued and the implementation of the envisaged sensor concepts in three vehicle demonstrators and one mobile driving simulator, tested using novel VRU dummy specimen. This is a suitable time to present key project milestones that were achieved in the third year of the project.