Audi Details New Active Safety Development Projects
As with the BMW project we reported yesterday, the new tech from Audi is intended to intervene actively in the driving process and thus help to avoid accidents.
“The development of predictive systems for vehicle safety is already a focus at Audi today. The information gleaned from this research provides significant value-added for our daily development work and is of vital importance for the next generation of vehicles,” Ulrich Widmann, Head of Vehicle Safety Development at AUDI AG, said in a release.
The three projects are dubbed “Active Emergency Braking,” “Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists,” and “Driving Safety and Attentiveness”.
In the “Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists”, Audi engineers built a test vehicle with a forward-looking, 3D-imaging sensor system, that identifies the respective traffic situation and initiates a concept of action for braking and steering. This is aimed at enhancing safety for all traffic participants, especially the pedestrians.
Next, in the “Active Emergency Braking” subproject, the safety systems also consider objects in the vehicle’s surroundings in addition to the immediate object of the collision. “This results in an earlier intervention point for automatically initiated braking to avoid an accident,” a company statement reads.
Finally, in the “Driving Safety and Attentiveness” subproject, the engineers use a camera-based observation system to determine the driver’s level of attentiveness. A camera records the position of the head and the orientation of the driver’s head and therefore calculate the attentiveness of the driver.
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