Road safety is high priority for future innovations for connected automated vehicles. The EU-funded SAFE-UP project focuses on future safety-critical scenarios, safety technologies and safety assessment methodologies.
Future safety-critical scenarios will be designed and tested in a traffic simulation platform, providing the basis for four demos of new safety technologies for active and passive systems.
SAFE-UP aims to proactively address the upcoming safety challenges presented by disruptive technology like Connected Automated Vehicles (CAVs) by developing innovative technologies, testing and assessment methods.
SAFE-UP is based on 3 key pillars:
i) Future safety-critical scenarios
ii) New safety technologies
iii) New safety assessment methods
Future safety-critical scenarios will be designed and tested in a traffic simulation platform, providing the basis for four demos of new safety technologies for active and passive systems:
The passive safety system of Demo 1 will include restraint and occupant monitoring technologies for new seating positions. Three active safety system prototypes (all on-vehicle, one including on-user and infrastructure) will be developed.
Demo 2 will enhance the interaction between vehicles and VRUs under bad weather conditions.
Demo 3 will integrate advanced intervention functions to avoid critical events.
Demo 4 will consist of a safety solution based on C-ITS to enable timely warning provisions.
The SAFE-UP consortium consists of key players in mobility across the entire value chain: advanced OEMs, leading suppliers, industry players and academia. By covering pedestrians, cyclists and powered two-wheelers in urban areas through active safety systems, and by covering cars in non-urban areas through passive safety technologies, the project will impact about two thirds of all road fatalities.
SAFE-UP will also develop targeted education and training schemes for fostering the implementation of automated driving functions, while also focusing on raising awareness of future road safety challenges.