High-Tech Vehicle Safety
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
There has been much discussion in recent years on the topic of autonomous vehicles; however, while these are under active development and even, in some cases, are on the road as limited test fleets, their full potential has yet to be exploited. Nevertheless, a number of the underlying technologies and sub-systems are making their way into the current vehicle fleet. Marketed as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), many current production vehicles are equipped with a variety of such high-tech systems.
Details: ADAS_2019.pdf (205 KB)
Recent Advances in EDR Technology
The potential introduction of fully-autonomous vehicles into the vehicle fleet means that, in future, many vehicle manoeuvres will be governed by automatic systems rather than by vehicle drivers. In fact, this is often the case today due to the increasing implementation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in production vehicles. These trends make it imperative that the sensing and control systems associated with on-board automated systems are carefully monitored, and their actions fully recorded, so that their performance can be evaluated following any unexpected event such as a collision. The features of the current generation of Event Data Recorders (EDR) facilitate this process.
Details: Advanced_EDRs_2019.pdf (450 KB)
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