Since November 1, 2011 the Advanced Radar Tracking and Classification for Enhanced Road Safety (ARTRAC) consortium has been working on developing a radar system to detect vulnerable road users as well as vehicles based on a single 24 GHz radar sensor. Headed by the Hamburg University of Technology and funded under EU’s 7th Framework Programme, the project is now coming to a successful end. On Volkswagen’s test ground in Ehra, the functionality of the prototype has thus recently been demonstrated on compact class vehicles. Testing vehicles included a VW Golf GTI and a Fiat 500.
Globally unique, the test facility moves a pedestrian dummy mechanically across the road in a synchronized manner with the vehicle under test. The advantage of using this machine is that tests are reproducible und very precise in time and position. Furthermore, the device sends a reference signal about the current state (position, velocity) of the dummy which can be used to evaluate the sensors characteristic very accurate. After a two day test campaign, more than80 trials were collected.
International Team Heady By Hamburg
Headed by the Hamburg University of Technology, the consortium comprised seven partners well experienced in this sector and worldwide leaders in automotive industry and research: two car manufacturers (Volkswagen, FIAT through CRF), two research organisations (VTT, CTAG), two universities (TUHH, UPT) and one SME specialising in car sensors (SMS). TUHH has been supported in the coordination of the project and in dissemination activities by TuTech Innovation. The European Union funded the project with 2.8 million euro.
The Aim: No More Road Victims
ARTRAC aims to develop, test and demonstrate an active vehicle safety system to protect vulnerable road users (VRUs) from vehicles in motion that is economically viable in the volume vehicle market. When the European Union set itself the goal of halving the number of road accident victims by 2010, intelligent vehicle safety systems (IVSS) were expected to catch on much faster than they have. The high cost of the available advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is the main reason they are only in use in a few top-of-the-range models, and the EU target is still far from being met. With ARTRAC, also compact cars will now be able to be equipped with an advanced technology to reduced traffic fatalities.