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Low-cost Miniature Laserscanner for Environment Perception

European Union
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€4 827 028
EU Contribution
€3 198 125
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Transport sectors
Passenger transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The wish and determination to achieve considerably fewer accidents have been pronounced by a number of European stakeholders, for instance the EU programme Halving the number of road accident victims in the European Union by 2010 . This ambitious safety goal will not be met as scheduled. A number of reasons for that can be brought up.

One main reason is the slow market introduction of Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems (IVSS) and the high cost of safety applications. Currently IVSS are limited to a small part of the premium car segment. Future safety systems must be made affordable to penetrate all vehicle segments. Since small and medium size cars are dominating the road traffic and thus most of the accidents.


The consortium stresses here that a boost of the market penetration of driver support systems can be realised by generic sensors that are affordable, durable and of compact size to be used in different locations in vehicles or in the infrastructure, providing fully reliable sensor data. All these requirements have not yet met by present day sensors.


The main objective of the project was to develop and demonstrate a prototype of a low-cost miniature automotive Laserscanner for environment perception. More specifically, the consortium set out to develop totally new low-cost miniature Laserscanner technology that opens up the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) market for small and medium size cars and broadens the range of possible applications by its low cost, low power, small size and robustness.

Furthermore, the novel Laserscanner to be developed will be a generic sensor also in the sense that it will have application areas outside road vehicles ranging from infrastructure applications, moving work machines to mobile robots.

Expected impacts

  1. World leadership of Europe's industry in the area of Intelligent Vehicle Systems and expansion to new emerging markets, improving the competitiveness of the whole transport sector and the automotive industry.
  2. Significant improvements in safety, security and comfort of transport. This includes contribution towards the objective of reducing fatalities with 50% in the EU by 2010, and longer term work towards the 'zero-fatalities' scenario.
  3. Significant improvements in energy efficiency, emissions reduction and sustainability of transport. This includes contribution to reduction in the energy consumption and congestion in road transport.

The consortium demonstrated and evaluated:

  • the novel Laserscanner serving various applications in vehicle environment, both on a truck and passenger car
  • the generic nature of the novel Laserscanner as a sensor that has use outside the vehicle by providing infrastructure based road user information at an intersection to the vehicle via V2I-communication

The MiniFaros consortium developed totally new low-cost miniature Laserscanner technology that opens up the Advanced Driver Assistance System market for small and medium size cars and broadens the range of possible applications by its:

  • low cost
  • small size (4 cm x 4 cm x 4 cm)
  • high performance, like field of view of up to 300 degrees


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)


MiniFaros has developed an innovative Laser scanner in terms of its new solutions for optical and electronics design including a MicroElectroMechanical Systems mirror, which is able to serve a wide range of advanced automotive safety applications.

Strategy targets

  • An efficient and integrated mobilty system:

    • Secure Transport
    • Service quality and reliabilty
  • Innovating for the future: technology and behaviour


Lead Organisation
Sick Ag
Erwin Sick Strasse, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€983 624
Partner Organisations
Volvo Bus Corporation
Fästningsvägen 1, 40508 Gothenburg, Sweden
EU Contribution
€233 021
Oulun Yliopisto
Pentti Kaiteran Katu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€394 645
Frauenhofer Geselschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.
Hansastrasse 27C, 80686 MUNCHEN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€569 653
Skoda Auto A.s.
Tr Vaclava Klementa, 29360 Mlada Boleslav, Czechia
EU Contribution
€66 487
Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems
Patission, 10682 Athens, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€260 442
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt
TEKNIIKANTIE 21, 02150 ESPOO, Finland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€690 253


Technology Theme
Advanced driver assistance systems
Sensor and Communication Platform for ADAS system
Development phase

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