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PROSPECT Project - Proactive Safety for Pedestrian and Cyclists

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Accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists still remain a pending issue for road safety. The first Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems that avoid and mitigate Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) accidents have been recently introduced in the market. The PROSPECT project aims to improve the effectiveness of active VRU safety systems compared to current systems by expanding the scope of accident scenarios addressed and improving the overall system performance.
PROSPECT Project - Proactive Safety for Pedestrian and Cyclists
Accidents involving Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) are still a very significant issue for road safety. According to the World Health Organisation, pedestrian and cyclist deaths account for more than 25% of all road traffic deaths worldwide. Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems have the potential to improve safety for these VRU groups.

The PROSPECT project (Proactive Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists) aims to significantly improve the effectiveness of active VRU safety systems compared to those currently on the market by expanding the scope of scenarios addressed by the systems and improving the overall system performance.

The project pursues an integrated approach:
Newest available accident data combined with naturalistic observations and HMI guidelines represent key inputs for the system specifications, which form the basis for the system development.

For system development, two main aspects are considered: advanced sensor processing with situation analysis, and intervention strategies including braking and steering. All these concepts are implemented in several vehicle prototypes. Special emphasis is put on balancing system performance in critical scenarios and avoiding undesired system activations.

For system validation, testing in realistic scenarios will be done. Results will allow the performance assessment of the developed concepts and a cost-benefit analysis.

The findings within the PROSPECT project will contribute to the generation of state-of-the-art knowledge, technical innovations, assessment methodologies and tools for advancing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems towards the protection of VRUs.

The introduction of a new generation safety system in the market will enhance VRU road safety in 2020-2025, contributing to the ‘Vision Zero’ objective of no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic set out in the Transport White Paper. Furthermore, the test methodologies and tools developed within the project shall be considered for the New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) future roadmaps, supporting the European Commission goal of halving the road toll in the 2011-2020 timeframe.



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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Vulnerable Road Users (VRU)
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