The Insignia test prototype helps avoid accidents by automatically activating the brakes and steering.
Most modern electronic driver assistance systems are focused on improving comfort and safety in traffic situations outside urban areas. At the same time, urban driving poses even greater challenges for today's driving people. There is so much going on in the city at the same time and there are so many cars, trucks, buses, cyclists and pedestrians on the road that need to be watched carefully. Improving safety in such a challenging road environment is a key objective of several driver assistance systems that are currently being developed in Opel and which can alert the driver in the event of an emergency or briefly take control of the vehicle to prevent an accident.
The Rüsselsheim-based automaker is working on the development of innovative driver assistance systems as part of its role in the UR: BAN research project (User-Oriented Assistance Systems and Network Management) for user-oriented assistance systems and network management systems. The aim of the project, which is partly funded by the German government, is to provide drivers with preventive support designed and adapted specifically for urban traffic. Thirty-one partners from an automotive, electronics and software company are working with research institutes and local authorities to develop intelligent driver assistance systems and collaborative traffic management solutions.
Improving traffic safety in cities
Especially in city traffic, situations often arise when ordinary drivers simply cannot react in time - from cars that suddenly appear from parking lots to children suddenly jumping out of the rows of parked cars. Opel engineers have created a demonstration prototype of the Insignia, which not only warns the driver of such hazards, but can also prevent collisions with cars and pedestrians by automatically maneuvering to prevent them using the steering and braking systems. The car is equipped with a modern video camera and radar sensor, as well as modified braking and steering systems that can interfere with driving.
Another Opel demo vehicle shows the potential for future development of electronic driver assistance systems by tracking driver behavior. Using up-to-date data on the operation of various components, assemblies and systems in a vehicle, a front-facing video camera and a camera for tracking the driver's head movements, a specially developed algorithm analyzes various driver behavior patterns to predict early actions: for example, whether the driver will change lanes. Such improvements could significantly improve the performance of various electronic driver assistance systems, such as the side blind spot warning feature, preventing unnecessary signals and distracting the driver's attention, and encouraging the adoption and use of such modern safety measures in the future.
Cars and infrastructure elements generate and send up-to-date road recommendations via Wi-Fi.
In addition to preventing accidents and other road traffic accidents, Opel specialists are also working to improve urban traffic conditions for the benefit of motorists, citizens and the planet's climate. Opel has created a demo vehicle based on the Insignia Sports Tourer, which demonstrates how traffic management infrastructure in cities and other vehicles on the road can use information sent over Wi-Fi to guide drivers when crossing the road. crossroads. These recommendations can help the driver to drive smoothly, safely and without unnecessary fuel consumption to the intersection, as well as cross it - preferably without stopping. The driver is advised through a specially developed modern ergonomic MMI (Man-Machine-Interface) concept via the driver information center screen in the steering wheel control unit, as well as additional information displayed on the dashboard center console screen.
In improving urban driving conditions, Opel can count on years of experience in the development of Car-to-X communication systems (vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle infrastructure and vehicle-to-road users), as well as their in-depth research into autonomous driving. But despite the rapid development of electronic driver assistance systems and vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities, the brand remains committed to maintaining complete driving pleasure. With the Opel brand, driving is a real pleasure. Neither too boring nor too difficult - it is precisely for these conditions that the driver assistance systems developed by the company have been created.