Research initiative presents new traffic technologies for cities
The partners in the UR:BAN research initiative set out to make driving in tomorrow’s cities safer and more efficient. At the initiative’s upcoming final presentation, demonstration vehicles will show how intelligent and cooperative systems could help make driving in the city even safer, more economical and environmentally more sustainable.
Drivers have to be ready to react quickly to the unexpected, especially in busy traffic. For Fraunhofer IAO project manager Frederik Diederichs, the same principle applies to driver assistance systems: “In the future, assistance systems will have to be aware of what drivers are about to do before they actually do it. To help us develop more intuitive systems, we expanded Fraunhofer IAO’s Vehicle Interaction Lab especially for UR:BAN. We also developed an algorithm for recognizing intentions,” says Diederichs. This new algorithm was installed in a BMW research vehicle and will also be on display when the initiative presents its project results.