Australian scientists make big breakthrough in race to develop autonomous car

A group of Australian scientists funded by the iMove Cooperative Research Centre have made a significant breakthrough in the race to develop autonomous vehicles, taking the new technology to the streets of Sydney.

The technology, called Collective Perception Messaging, enables a vehicle to “see” around obstacles and through buildings, increasing its field of vision so that it can plan and act on any perceived risks.

The technology works in collaboration with a stationary device called an Intelligent Roadside Device, which uses an array of sensors to capture a digital image of its surroundings and relay the information back to the connected vehicle. Using this equipment, vehicles can send information to other connected vehicles and devices.

Tested in Sydney’s CBD, the vehicle demonstrated how it could “see” through a building and take evasive action to avoid a hidden pedestrian about to run across the road.

The lead researcher on the project, Sr Mao Shan, said the test was one of the first demonstrations of autonomous vehicles working with collective perception messaging technology.

“We demonstrate in the experiments that a connected vehicle can ‘see’ a pedestrian around corners,” Shan said.

“More importantly, we demonstrate how connected autonomous vehicles can autonomously and safely interact with walking and running pedestrians.”

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin | Australian scientists take massive step towards safe driverless cars

18 December 2020

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