More Robustness and Safety for Autonomous Driving Thanks to an EU Project

Closing event of the EU project RobustSENSE in Ulm/ The FZI presents robust algorithms for automated driving live on Wednesday

EU project RobustSENSE

Karlsruhe, 16.05.2018 – At the closing event of the EU project RobustSENSE on May 16 in Ulm, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology presents results of its scientific work live on site. It presents a continuous probabilistic processing chain for scene understanding and action planning as well as individual processing components such as stereo camera processing. The methods were developed by researchers of the FZI together with European partners of science and economy, with the aim of making autonomous driving safer and more robust.

At the closing event, a platform will be presented as a result of the project RobustSENSE in which several independent subsystems are combined and thus brought together as an integrated, comprehensive overall system that is designed to make automated driving more reliable.

The FZI as an institution for applied research in information technology was involved in the design and development of a processing chain for automated driving that takes probabilities and uncertainties consistently into account in all components. The processing chain consists of the four modules of scene understanding, situation prediction as well as behavioural and trajectory planning. Subcomponents such as a robust card-based stereo camera evaluation were also developed. Together with the EU partners, the FZI defined a robust system architecture and metrics for self-assessments and self-evaluation of algorithms.

Thanks to a consideration and modelling of probabilities and uncertainties in information processing in all software modules, the Karlsruhe researchers were able to provide higher reliability for the entire processing platform. In case of deteriorating performance, for example due to unfavourable atmospheric conditions or sensor failures, the system is thus able to react precisely and appropriately.

The project RobustSENSE is an 3.3 million euros project funded by the European Commission within the framework of the H2020 programme. Altogether, 15 partners from five countries work on the development of driver assistance systems and automated driving that enable a robust and reliable perception of the environment and the prediction of the situation. Significant progress in sensor hardware allows an increase in robustness even in adverse weather conditions. Besides the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the following representatives from economy and science are involved in the project: Daimler AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Centro Ricerche Fiat, Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia, EICT GmbH, Fico Mirrors S.A., Fraunhofer FOKUS, Modulight, Inc., Oplatek Group Oy, SICK AG, Ulm University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office is in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office in Berlin.

Further Information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en