DRIVING WITHOUT A DRIVER: VOLKSWAGEN PRESENTS TEMPORARY AUTO PILOT
At the final presentation of the EU research project HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport), Prof. Dr. J?¼rgen Leohold, Executive Director Volkswagen Group Research, has presented the â€œTemporary Auto Pilotâ€? by Volkswagen: Monitored by the driver, the car can drive semi-automatically up to a speed of 130 kilometres per hour on motorways. It represents a link between todayâ€™s assistance systems and the vision of fully automatic driving.
â€œAbove all, what we have achieved today is an important milestone on the path towards accident-free car driving,â€? emphasises Leohold at todayâ€™s final presentation of the EU research project HAVEit in the Swedish city of Bor?¥s. The Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) bundles semi-automatic functions, i.e. functions monitored by the driver, with other driver assistance systems, such as ACC adaptive cruise control and the Lane Assist lane-keeping system into one comprehensive function. â€œNonetheless, the driver always retains driving responsibility and is always in control,â€? continues Leohold. â€œThe driver can override or deactivate the system at any time and must continually monitor it.â€?
TAP always offers the driver an optimal degree of automation as a function of the driving situation, acquisition of the surroundings and driver and system states. It is intended to prevent accidents d
In contrast to previous research vehicles such as â€œJuniorâ€? and â€œStanleyâ€?, TAP is based on a relatively production-like sensor platform, consisting of production-level radar-, camera-, and ultrasonic-based sensors supplemented by a laser scanner and an electronic horizon. â€œOne conceivable scenario for its initial use might be in monotonous driving situations, e.g. in traffic jams or over sections of a driving route that are exceedingly speed-limited,â€? comments Leohold.
The EU funded R&D project HAVEit (â€œHighly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transportâ€?) was set up to develop research concepts and technologies for highly automated driving. This will help to reduce the driversâ€™ workload, prevent accidents, reduce environmental impact and make traffic safer. Launched in February 2008, 17 European partners from the automotive and supply sector and the scientific community collaborated on the project. Total investments in HAVEit amounted to EUR 28 million. EUR 17 million of this sum came from EU grants, and EUR 11 million was contributed by the 17 project partners, of which EUR 7 million was invested by the automobile industry.
The HAVEit consortium consists of vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers and scientific institutes from Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Hungary:
Continental, Volvo Technology AB, Volkswagen AG, EFKON AG, Sick AG, Haldex Brake Products AB, Knowllence, Explinovo GmbH, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ecole Polytechnique F?©d?©rale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of Athens, Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS), University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Universit?¤t Stuttgart, Institut f?¼r Luftfahrtsysteme, Wuerzburg Institute of Traffic Sciences GmbH, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (Inria), Institut fran?§ais des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'am?©nagement et des r?©seaux (IFSTTAR).
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