Authors: Gérard Yahiaoui [NEXYAD], Nicolas DU LAC [INTEMPORA],
Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) will soon be a rule in the automotive domain:
- Drivers are now used to advanced interaction with computers, smartphones and tablets. They more and more expect to get the same evolutions in the interactive services provided by their cars.
- The EURO NCAP organization rates the vehicles from 0 to 5 stars depending on the safety level they offer. From now, no vehicle will be granted 5 stars without ADAS such as pedestrian detection.
- Technologies (such as shape recognition software, cameras, laser scanners, radars and ultrasonic sensors) become more and more robust, integrated and affordable.
Car manufacturers have worked since the 90s on research programs aimed at automating some driving functions and/or relieving the driver in repetitive, tedious, or dangerous tasks (automated parking or cruise control). But these functions are subject to the following issues:
- Difficulty to monetize ADAS services: the driver finds it “normal and common” to be equipped with ADAS innovations and he is not willing to pay more for such functions when purchasing his vehicle. He already uses such advanced features such as voice recognition and other technologies on his smartphone so he expects the same kind of applications in his vehicle.
- Cost and dimensions for the equipment were not compatible with the automotive domain (for which advanced technology is on the market for 4 €/kg!)
- Computation and storage resources were not good enough so far to support complex applications in embedded systems.
- The responsibility is transferred from the driver to the car manufacturer in case of accidents when the vehicle operates in automated mode.
This last point implicitly raises the issue of the comprehensive validation of ADAS: in terms of performance, robustness, and downgraded operation mode when sensors might fail.
Regulation and norms on the one hand, technological progress on the other hand, have (or are about to) overcome the three first issues. The topic of ADAS validation from a legal point of view remains.
It seems pretty obvious that this point is crucial for car makers when they engage their legal responsibility, but also the image of their brand, in case of malfunction.
The ADAS Group from the MOV’EO cluster has developed an original approach providing altogether methodology, software and hardware technologies in order to provide car makers and suppliers efficient tools for the ADAS validation process.
This approach particularly allows to:
- Drastically reduce the number of kilometers to drive for testing purposes and so the costs and duration of the test procedures for ADAS validation
- Maintain and even increase the coverage of tested situations in order to obtain faster a more reliable validation
- Automate the tests executions
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