Connected Driving (or C-ITS) is the term used to describe technologies which allows vehicles to communicate with each other, and with the infrastructure and other parts of the transport network. In addition to what drivers can immediately see around them, and what vehicle sensors can detect, all parts of the transport system will increasingly be able to share information to improve decision making. The main idea is therefore to make vehicles and infrastructure act as a team adapting to each other and to the situation, creating optimized mobility conditions. Thus, this technology can improve road safety through avoiding collisions, but also assists in reducing congestion and improving traffic flows, and reduce environmental impacts.()
Following this movement and supported by technological partners like Lacroix and Neavia, Transpolis has equipped its test areas with an experimental platform that includes infrastructures, means of testing and measuring and modular technologies. This city-laboratory is made available to developers from around the world who are interested in mobility and want to test new solutions and uses in a realistic, scripted environment that is fully supervised and secure.
One of these equipments is 10 LACROIX Intelligent Traffic Lights connected to 2 roadside units (RSU). Via this connection, the traffic light can broadcast information to nearby vehicles. The messages (MAP and SPaT types) include information about the topology of the intersection and the phase schedule of each traffic light signal. Approaching vehicles equipped with an On Board Unit can receive this information and calculate the optimal approaching speed. The system is tested according to different realistic situations: Multi-Lane Traffic Light (Turn Left), Multi Traffic Lights Crossing, Curve Testing and Timing Variability Testing.
Experiments, such as GLOSA project, are therefore carried out in configurations on modular infrastructures that adapt to particular needs (traffic conditions, environmental factors, fixed and movable obstacles, signs, infrastructures, etc.). As a complement, the TRANSPOLIS experts offer technical support upstream for establishing experimental plans and specific usage scenarios; throughout testing, they track protocols.
 * Source : https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/its/c-its_en
 GLOSA = Green light optimized speed advisory
INNOVATION HOLDS THE ANSWER TO ADAS ADOPTION ROADBLOCKS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Having a car with ‘all the bells and whistles’ used to mean having power steering and AC. Now, auto add-ons have taken on a whole new life, as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have taken the auto industry by storm.
Markets like the Global Automotive Voice Recognition Market and Global Automotive Heads-Up Display Marketare booming, with respective CAGRs of 10.59 and 44.13 percent from 2013-2018. These systems do everything, from allowing a driver to give their vehicle voice commands to displaying pertinent driving information on the windscreen, and they are seeing more and more adoption.
But as useful and as innovative as these systems are, there are still some major barriers impacting their mass acceptance among auto consumers and manufacturers.
ADAS: Safety Feature or Harbinger of Distracted Driving?
While a lot of ADAS systems are promoted as safety features, there is also concern that they may be culprits of distracted driving. The safety features of automotive voice recognition, for example, are not foolproof. The advanced user interface spurs manufacturers to add functions like texting and composing emails on the move using the speech-to-text feature. Such activities result in the driver spending a significant amount of time and focus on the activity, rather than on the road.
Reluctance to Adapt
Consumers tend to be understandably wary when it comes to trying out new technology in their vehicles. Though the use of voice recognition and heads up displays has grown in many industries and has been incorporated in most smartphones, increasing popularity of this system in cars remains a significant challenge.
Advanced Systems Don’t Come Cheap
The implementation of these systems in limited high-priced automobiles reduces the production volume of vendors and hence the market growth. Thus, OEMs and suppliers need to focus on reducing their product cost. For instance, the cost of heads-up display solutions can be reduced through increasing production efficiency and developing low-cost heads-up display devices.
Read more : http://www.technavio.com/blog/innovation-holds-the-answer-to-adas-adoption-roadblocks-in-the-automotive-industry
As our first post here, we would like to invite all to the official LeddarTech showroom at CES 2017, where we will unveil new LiDAR prototypes for ADAS and autonomous driving. The details about these new sensor designs will be revealed very soon, but in the meantime you can learn the basics on this page and book a meeting with our management team:
We are looking forward to meet you at CES 2017, should you also attend.
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Safety of buses and coaches
Buses and coaches are considered to be one of the safest means of transport at all and this is why particular severe bus accidents have a great impact on the public nowadays. In order to describe the current status of the accident and loss occurrence for buses and coaches, the German Insurers Accident Research has analysed a representative data of the insurers, containing 213 cases.
These data comprise not only “crash events”, but also “non-crash events” (incidents where bus passengers fall down in the bus during a braking manoeuvre, for instance).
A second part of the study has discussed the issue of the benefits that could be expected from advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) if the entire bus/coach fleet were equipped with these systems. The theoretically achievable benefits were determined for an automatic emergency braking system, a turn-off assistant system, a lane departure warning system, a lane change assistant system and an electronic stability control system.
Read more : https://udv.de/en/buses-and-coaches/occupant-safety/safety-buses
Advanced telematics for enhancing the SAFEty and comfort of motorcycle RIDERs
Background & policy context:
Motorcycle and moped fatalities account for 17,8% of the total number of road accident fatalities in Europe and, compared to a passenger car occupant, a motorcycle rider is 26 times more likely to die in a crash, based on vehicle miles travelled, as riders are among the vulnerable road users.
SAFERIDER aimed to enhance PTW riders' safety by applying ADAS/IVIS on PTWs of all types for the most crucial functionalities and develop efficient and rider-friendly interfaces and interaction elements for riders' comfort and safety. Relevant applications prioritisation was based on in-depth accident studies, riders needs and wants, as well as benchmarking and ergonomic inspection of existing applications. The selected functionalities were developed according to a modular and multi-layer (perception-decision-action) architecture, allowing multi ADAS/IVIS applications setup and integration.
Read more : http://www.transport-research.info/project/advanced-telematics-enhancing-safety-and-comfort-motorcycle-riders
Denso invests in Mexican startup for ADAS technologies
Denso International America, a subsidiary of Japan-based auto component giant Denso Corp, has invested in Mexico-based semiconductor laser technology startup-TriLumina Corp.
TriLumina provides light sources for LiDAR and interior illumination products. With this investment, Denso said it will speed up the adoption of LiDAR and driver monitoring technologies in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
ADAS plays key role in technologies used in autonomous vehicles. Denso’s investment will facilitate TriLumina to gain broader access to the automotive market.
It may be noted that eye-safe semiconductor lasers developed by TriLumina are among the most versatile laser illuminator solutions available in the market.
TriLumina helps the automotive industry to adopt semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles by providing lasers for 100 percent solid-state LiDAR products and advanced driver monitoring systems (DMS).
Tony Cannestra, director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America, said, “As a supplier of advanced driver assistance systems, DENSO is eager to work closely with TriLumina to bring high-performance, cost effective light source solutions to the market.”
Read more : http://automotiveindianews.com/denso-invests-mexican-startup-adas-technologies/
TriLumina is targeting LiDAR and DMS in the ADAS as well as depth sensing and gesture control for the industrial robotics, commercial and consumer electronics markets.
The future of driverless cars and data security
The technology is in place for driverless cars, but data security must be improved.
Regulators are weighing new laws, and insurers and other stakeholders are actively studying the matter.
Progress is being made, and come 2019, the first driverless cars are expected to take to our roads, according to BI Intelligence.
Car manufacturers are working diligently to ensure that their driverless cars are hack-proof, given their exposure to the connected ecosystem.
Some fear that hackers could gain access to one or more autonomous vehicles, taking command for their nefarious purposes.
As manufacturers brace for this leap into the future, they are taking steps to secure this weakness.
Read more : http://www.information-age.com/future-driverless-cars-data-security-123461877/
NEXYAD won the French Insurance "coup de coeur" (crush) special prize with their driving risk assessment smartphone App SafetyNex
30th Nov 2016, seven high-tech startups had to pitch in front of almost all French Insurance Companies. This was organized by the Cercle LAB (Laboratoire Assurance Banque), at ALLIANZ tower (Paris La Défense) : "colloque prospective annuel du cercle LAB".
NEXYAD was introduced to Cercle LAB by the competitiveness cluster FINANCE & INNOVATION.
It was an interesting challenge and the jury had to pick only ONE startup from seven talented ones, to give the special prize "coup de coeur des assureurs".
NEXYAD pitched on SafetyNex : a smartphone App for real time onboard driving risk assessment (and vocal alert), that can reduce accident rate by 20%.
Winner : NEXYAD !!!
We thank all the insurers that came to this hight tech day that gave a broadchurch view on research and development for Insurance applications (artificial intelligence, deep learning, iot, blockchain, telematics, ...), we thank Pôle FINANCE INNOVATION, we thank Cercle LAB.
NEXYAD is member of MOV'EO, and FINANCE INNOVATION.
Read more about SafetyNex : http://www.safetynex.net
FiveAI ‘Driverless Car Project’ Ventures To Compete With Google, Tesla
UK based engineering-manufacturing start-up FiveAI has entered the ‘driver less car projects’ to give a strong challenge to Google, Tesla in the sector.
FiveAI plans to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system which can drive the ‘driver less car’, reported Forbes on Sunday.
The company has tied up with Amadeus Capital and pumped an investment to the tune of $2.7 million in equity funding for the artificial intelligence system, added Forbes.
Reportedly, FiveAI has been working on a data light and fully autonomous technology, said sources.
The company’s ‘driver-less car project’ is different from Google and Tesla since the car would have hi tech sensors backed by by an advanced central computer, which uses “machine learning”. It will help the car to collect information from encounters and applying it to face future emergency situations.
“It uses sensors to perceive what is out there — identifying things like road, pavement, street signs, pedestrians and other cars,” Steve Allpress, Chief Technology Officer at FiveAI told Forbes.
“It builds up a probabilistic picture of what is likely to happen that can see how our own actions and (others’) actions will influence possible options in order to then plan the safest route,” Allpress said.
While Tesla’s autopilot feature does not provide full autonomy, meaning, it is a driving aid that requires a human to be in charge at all times, Google’s system does not require human oversight but it is very data heavy.
Read more : http://naradanews.com/2016/08/fiveai-driverless-car-project-ventures-to-compete-with-google-tesla/
Astonishing self-driving Uber cars hit the road and will take over 'within five years'
Self-driving Uber vehicles have hit the streets today as the industry predicts the technology could be as little as five years away from replacing normal cars .
Residents in the US city of Pittsburgh began using the new technology under Uber's self-driving pilot program.
Automotive industry executives remain sharply divided over a timeline for a full roll-out of the technology, with some expecting fully autonomous cars within five years and others predicting they are still decades away.
The Pittsburgh pilot is the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the public.
Four self-driving vehicles will be made available to passengers, to start, but two people will sit in the front to take-over driving when the car cannot steer itself.
Read more : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/astonishing-self-driving-uber-cars-8832381