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Reliable Application Specific Detection of Road Users with Vehicle On-board Sensors

ADOSE

Reliable Application Specific Detection of Road Users with Vehicle On-board Sensors

Call for proposal: 
FP7-ICT-2007-1
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

The White Paper on EU Transport Policy for 2010 states a key objective: 50% reduction of casualties due to road accidents by the end of 2010. Improvements on road safety are achievable increasing the EU market penetration of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), currently limited by performance and cost of sensor technologies.

According to ICT-2007.6.1, ADOSE addresses research challenges in the area of 'accident prevention through improved-sensing including sensor fusion and sensor networks'. Besides, focus is on 'increased performance, reliable and secure operation' for 'new generation advanced driver assistance systems'. ADOSE project aims at enhancing ADAS functions through the development of high performance and low lost technologies suitable for reliable detection and classification of road users in hostile environments.

Objectives: 

The specific objectives of ADOSE were:

  • five sensing technologies (FIR imager, multifunctional CMOS and 3D ranging cameras, harmonic radar/tags and silicon retina stereo sensors)
  • 'technology-dependent' pre-processing algorithms
  • assessment of the sensor prototypes on functional demonstrators
  • synergies and complementary actions with on-going and new projects in FP7 on road safety.

The innovations claimed were:

  • low-cost FIR optics and imager combined to multispectral (NIR plus VIS) CMOS sensor for reliable pedestrian's detection at night
  • multifunctional integration on a single enhanced high resolution CMOS imager
  • harmonic radars with passive and active tags for reliable localisation and identification of vulnerable road users
  • 3D packaging technology in TOF ranging cameras improving resolution and distance accuracy
  • bio-inspired silicon retina stereo sensors addressing time critical decision applications
  • low-cost process and packaging technologies for thermal detectors, CMOS-based cameras and tags.
Methodology: 

Five sensor module prototypes were designed, fabricated and tested:

  • FIR camera (FIR)
  • Multifunctional CMOS vision sensor (MFOS)
  • 3D range camera and eye-safety illuminator (3DCAM)
  • Harmonic radar with passive and active tags (HR P-TAG, HR A-TAG)
  • Silicon retina stereo sensor (SRS)

Only 'technology-dependent' pre-processing algorithms will be developed for each sensor: (a) algorithms implemented into the sensor hardware; (b) algorithms on raw data, coming from the sensor hardware, implemented on a PC-based processing hardware, strictly related to the sensing technology and its demonstration. Algorithm developments will not be extended to Sensor Data Fusion.

The algorithms will be compliant to PReVENT-PROFUSION guidelines and ready to be integrated in the standard software architecture for driver assistant systems.

Demonstration will be limited to functional sensor prototypes installed on concept cars without integrating the complete safety system.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

Within the project five sensor module prototypes were developed and tested. Namely:

  • FIR camera (FIR)
    The project developed a FIR camera demonstrator with good thermal and spatial resolution at lower cost, to be combined to a high resolution imager for enhanced night vision applications (more reliable obstacle detection and classification).
    After finishing the processing of FIR samples, a flaw within the read out integrated circuit (ROIC) was detected that prevented further evaluation. A complete redesign was not possible within the project deadline, so a metal-fix was applied in order to show the basic functionality of the imager. Another fix in the MicroElectroMechanical systems (MEMS) part of the chip removed some homogeneity issues with the pixel contacts. Finally the double fixed samples were put into the camera demonstrator, characterised and tested. Evaluation and testing of the samples and the demonstrator camera was conducted with reasonable results. In parallel first steps towards a redesigned and then fully functional ROIC were taken but they were not completed within ADOSE time frame.
  • Multifunctional CMOS vision sensor (MFOS)
    Two MFOS camera prototypes, enabling different functional integration, have been developed. The MFOS detects critical environmental parameters (fog, rain etc.) and providing, at the same time, information on the driving scenario (oncoming vehicles, vapor recovery units (VRUs) in night conditions etc.).
  • 3D range camera and eye-safety illuminator (3DCAM)
    Different 3D imaging methods have been analysed and simulated. A range-imaging hybrid camera concept for short range safety requirements (high-speed object recognition and distance measurement, e.g. for Pre-crash) was completed. The camera consists of a photosensor and its corresponding readout electronics. These two components are hybridized using existing Interuniversitair MicroElectronica Centrum (IMEC) capabilities for wafer processing and flip-chip technology. At the end of the reporting period the hybrid chips were not showing good functionality. IMEC will continue to debug the problem to identify the issues in the design or the assembly.
  • Harmonic radar with passive and active tags (HR P-TAG, HR A-TAG)
    The HR-PTAG and HR-ATAG was developed enabling easy detection of traffic obstacles and vulnerable road users, and their identification, even in dark or adverse weather conditions.
  • Silicon retina stereo senso

    Strategy targets

    An efficient and intergated mobilty system: Acting on transport safety: saving thousands of lives

Lead Organisation: 

Centro Ricerche Fiat - Societa Consortile Per Azioni

Address: 
Strada Torino, 50
10043 ORBASSANO (TO)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€588,950
Partner Organisations: 

Magneti Marelli Sistemi Elettronici S.p.a.

Address: 
VIALE ALDO BORLETTI 61/63
20011 CORBETTA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€24,379

Ait- Austrian Institute Of Technology Gmbh

Address: 
Donau-City-Strasse 1
1210 WIEN
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€467,538

Robert Bosch Gmbh

Address: 
Robert-Bosch Platz
70839 Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€1,567,335

Triad As

Address: 
Professor Olav Hanssensvei
4021 Stavanger
Norway
EU Contribution: 
€317,500

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.

Address: 
HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€621,331

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum

Address: 
Gaston Crommenlaan 8/102
9050 Gent
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€747,892

Uppsala Universitet

Address: 
Sankt Olofsgatan 10 B
751 05 Uppsala
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€215,750

Paragon Anonymh Etaireia Meleton Erevnas Kai Emporiou Proigmenhs Texnologias

Address: 
Protopapadaki Str
11147 Galatsi
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€224,160

Umicore Coating Services Ltd

Address: 
KINNOULL STREET
DUNDEE
DD2 3ED
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€50,507

Umicore Ir Glass Sas

Address: 
Z.A. le boulais
35690 ACIGNE
France
EU Contribution: 
€58,978

Stmicroelectronics Srl

Address: 
VIA C.OLIVETTI 2
20864 AGRATE BRIANZA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€297,080

Umicore

Address: 
Broekstraat 31
1000 Brussel
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€49,195

Magneti Marelli S.p.a.

Address: 
Viale Aldo Borletti
20011 Corbetta
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€398,185

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt

Address: 
TEKNIIKANTIE 21
02150 ESPOO
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€471,013
Technologies: 
Development phase: