The project Competence Control has two main focus areas: The first focus area is to provide scientific support for industrial companies in the development of anticipatory vehicle safety systems. Such systems are defined as being capable of detecting safety-critical situations early on by interpreting data generated by the environmental sensors available and then initiating measures appropriate to the situation so as to avoid an accident, e.g. warning the driver in time or applying automatic brake or steering intervention. Unlike passive vehicle safety systems (such as airbags) which mitigate the impact of an accident but do not actively intervene in events, the requirements of control and regulation algorithms used in active vehicle safety systems are highly complex. Here it is important to draw on all the information relating to what is happening on the road in the vicinity of the vehicle and the intentions of other road users and then interpret this information correctly. The involvement of leading companies in the recently initiated large-scale projects simTD and Ko-FAS highlights the innovative potential of this research area.

Another important aspect is testing this type of anticipatory safety system. While standardised methods are already established for testing passive vehicle safety systems (e.g. Euro NCAP), the testing and qualification of anticipatory safety systems is still in its early stages. New test methods have to be developed which do justice to the complexity of the systems. The mode of operation of the safety systems has to be validated by simulating certain dangerous situations as realistically as possible in tests. It is also important to ensure reliability and robustness by repeating the tests. The requirements of the manoeuvres to be performed in terms of precision and reproducibility are so stringent that test drivers are not able to meet them. 

The second focus area of planned activities is to develop and evaluate methods which allow fully automated implementation of road trials and vehicle safety tests. The figure shows an automatically performed manoeuvre in which the vehicle is reproducibly guided closely around a fixed dummy vehicle (balloon car). This enables a no-fire safeguard to be integrated in the vehicle for test purposes, for example. A university research vehicle fitted with the necessary sensors and actuators is used here.













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