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Based on available EU research results, SAVE will develop an integrated system to monitor the condition of drivers and undertake emergency handling prior to and during emergency situations (e.g. drunk-driving, fatigue). The system will allow for immediate detection of driver impairment and will follow a defined set of emergency control strategies that include a pre-emergency warning system for the driver and surrounding traffic and an Automatic Control Device which will safely drive the car to the roadside and stop it. The final system will extensively tested in trials with simulators and instrumented vehicles. The project will also provide guidelines and draft regulations on such emergency systems, widely exploiting and disseminating its results.

The aim of this Project is to develop an integrated system (SAVE unit) that will in real time detect driver state and undertake Emergency handling, prior and during the Emergency situation. This will be realised by instant detection of driver impairment and hence shift of the car status to automatic driving mode, in order to effectively and safely control it. The work will be based on relevant research conducted in DETER, DREAM, GIDS, AUTOPOLIS and other DRIVE projects on driver status monitoring, excluding though as far as possible driver "wiring" and authority information strategies. Also, the latest developments in PROMETHEUS CED 2-6 on automatic vehicle control are taken as the basis for this project.

The work starts with analysis of drivers needs, expectancies and acceptance regarding Emergency support, in order to enhance public awareness of aids in this area. The analysis of the systems requirements of Emergency Systems and driver state monitoring will follow. The development phase begins with the realisation of detection systems of drunk driving, fatigue and critical incidents in real time, as well as their integration into an Integrated Monitoring Unit (IMU), to be managed by a Hierarchical Manager with a harmonised HMI. In case an Emergency is detected, a Pre-Emergency Warning System will inform the driver and the surrounding traffic, and an Automatic Control Device (ACD) will undertake to efficiently and safely stop the car and drive it to the road side, following a predefined set of Emergency Control Strategies. The safety aspects of the overall system and its impact on Traffic Safety will be investigated thoroughly.

Feasibility study on the interface of SAVE unit to existing Emergency-Help aids is included. Detection and control units will be integrated into a SAVE Unit and its HMI will be industrially designed according to ergonomic objectives. All subsystems and their elements, as well as the final system will be extensively tested in a series of Pilots, including the use of 5 driving simulators and 3 instrumented cars, in 3 pilot circles and 7 pilot sites. The project will end by providing design guidelines and draft regulations on Emergency systems and carrying out extensive exploitation and dissemination of project results, through National Automobile Clubs and Car Manufacturers. Final Outcome of the work will be an Integrated Driver Monitoring Unit (IMU) and an Automatic Control Device (ACD), integrated into the SAVE prototype.

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