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ARTRAC will address the following six major scientific and technical objectives:

  • Develop a generic detection system able to detect pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users (VRU) as well as vehicles.
  • Implement the capability to monitor road surface conditions and detect low-friction road sections caused by water, ice or snow on asphalt. This will be able to be used to warn or adapt the vehicle’s electronic control systems such as electronic stability control (ESC) and collision avoidance systems (CAS) for changed friction conditions.
  • Develop an electronically controllable brake and steering force system able to slow down the vehicle and provide a supported evasive manoeuvre. Drivers’ reactions to hazards are too often stereotypic and slow, and their evasive manoeuvres either insufficient or incorrect.
  • Provide a totally new safety function based on automatic braking and system-initiated steering recommendation to avoid accidents, or at least mitigate their impact in the event of an unavoidable crash.
  • Validate and demonstrate the system functionality by means of pre-defined test scenarios. The prototype will be demonstrated within some “basic” safety applications on two vehicles types, a compact car and a light commercial vehicle.
  • Promote the deployment of VRU safety technologies among relevant bodies and stakeholders, including end-users.