In 2011 alone, more than 30 000 people were killed on EU roads and many more had their lives changed forever due to a serious injury. The European Commission has set the target of cutting road deaths by half by 2020, and projects such as ARTRAC are helping. The project developed new sensor technologies to reduce the likelihood of vehicles colliding with pedestrians - one of the most vulnerable of all road users.
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The EU-funded ARTRAC project designed and developed a new radar sensor able to detect the presence of pedestrians in front of a vehicle and to help the driver avoid a collision by either braking or recommending evasive steering away from the person.
A high resolution image of the situation in front of the car, combined with a powerful digital processing board enables the system to first detect the presence of a person on the road, while an algorithm allows the system to track his or her movements.
Its ability to measure range and velocity accurately make the ARTRAC sensor a ‘partner’ for drivers in efforts to reduce road fatalities.
More about the project in Horizon Magazine
ARTRAC – Radar for cars to detect pedestrians - Video