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FZI, IPG jointly develop active safety test platform

December 15, 2010 | Christoph Hammerschmidt | 222901273
FZI, IPG jointly develop active safety test platform FZI (Research Center for Information Technology) and IPG Automotive GmbH, a provider of simulation solutions and test systems for the automobile and automotive supplier industries, have joined their forces to develop a testing and integration platform for active safety and energy-efficient driving strategies. The partners both based in Karlsruhe, Germany, have already been cooperating in the field of sensor fusion for camera-based driver assistance systems.
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If IPG's engineers are right, the car of tomorrow will actively assist its driver in difficult situations and to reduce fuel consumption. It will recognize the environment and warn the vehicle operator of imminent hazards. In addition, it will adapt the vehicle's energy storage to the most economic path and, if necessary, intervene actively. Intelligent driver assistance systems which process information about the vehicle's condition, the driver, the traffic environment and the current driving situation or mode, enable the performance of such tasks. These systems are capable of executing active interventions with very high reliability.

Under normal conditions, these assistant systems share control with the driver, but in the case of an emergency, they are able to take control completely autonomously. For the driver this translates into less stress and higher safety.

In order to get there, significant technology improvements are necessary. The development leap both companies are working on is based on data from various sources such as onboard-installed sensors, intelligent hard- and software plus navigation devices. Many of these data are already available as “standard onboard equipment,” but the reliable fusion of all these data to create a conclusive overall picture is still a challenge and a topic for the future. Data fusion, however, is a prerequisite for providing assistance systems with “cognitive” capabilities such as situation recognition and interpretation.

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