June 3, 2020
One of the biggest challenges in the development of self-driving cars are the safety concerns of drivers. An article in the new edition of the Fraunhofer magazine is looking into the safety topic and the opportunities it provides for the German economy to take the lead in the race to create intelligent systems for autonomous driving. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is currently working on several solutions in this area.
In the SePIA project, for example, the Fraunhofer IVI is developing a complex validation platform for highly automated driving, electronic subsystems and the overall vehicle in cooperation with TU Dresden as well as the Saxon companies Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH, TraceTronic GmbH, Computer Vision Lab, and the Institute for Traffic Accident Research at TU Dresden. The platform will integrate real scenarios and extensive accident data as well as accident reconstruction reports, vehicle data and video recordings. »In 2019, there were more than 2.7 million traffic accidents in Germany. The most serious ones tended to involve cyclists, pedestrians and motorized two-wheelers such as motorbikes and mopeds,« says Dr. Christian Erbsmehl, group manager of Vehicle and Road Safety at the Fraunhofer IVI in Dresden. »Our approach allows us to create virtual reproductions of real-life accident situations and test the ability of different vehicle safety systems – either in isolation or in combination – to execute the collision at a lower speed or avoid the accident altogether.«
The platform will be tested and demonstrated in a hardware/software application environment. The SePIA project is funded by the Free State of Saxony and the EU via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).