To support the development and implementation of active safety systems, a consortium of 29 partners has joined forces in the Accident Avoidance by Active Intervention of Intelligent Vehicles (interactIVe) European research project which commenced today at the Ford European Research Center in Aachen, Germany.
During the planned 42 months duration of interactIVe, the partners will test the performance of implemented safety systems through active intervention, including autonomous braking and steering in critical situations, with the aim of avoiding collisions or at least mitigating impact severity in accidents.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) inform drivers about potentially dangerous situations to provide as much reaction time as possible. Whenever the driver does not react at all or react in time to the warnings provided by the different assistance systems, the collision avoidance subsystem will intervene autonomously. While the driver keeps control and responsibility using advanced driver assistance systems, the intervention systems exceed these limits and offer new potential.
In addition to collision avoidance and mitigation, new technologies for environmentally sensitive driving will be supported by the project as well.
The consortium, headed by Ford, consists of seven automotive manufacturers, six suppliers, 14 research institutes and three other stakeholders. The European Commission will cover more than half of the overall budget of 30 million Euros.
Partners of this project include: Ford, BMW, Fiat, Daimler, Volvo, Volkswagen, Autoliv, Continental, Delphi, Navteq, TRW and Continental.