Smart dummy facilitates pedestrian detection system design and test

April 18, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A technology collaboration between innovITS Advance (UK ITS Centre for Excellence for Transport Telematics and Technology for Sustainable Mobility) and consultancy TRL has led to the creation of an advanced form of pedestrian detection target which will help those specifying and developing automotive safety systems based on pedestrian recognition to test and certify their products in a more flexible, accurate and repeatable manner.

According to innovITS Advance business development manager Steven Warner, pedestrian detection systems are already increasingly being incorporated into new vehicles, but the automotive industry is largely lacking in dummy systems providing a realistic representation of human form and gait to the vehicle's on-board sensor systems. The new TRL-innovITS advance mobile pedestrian target is based around a robust, free standing dummy that provides a realistic human aspect and moves under remote control with a programmable range of speed and acceleration settings.

The dummy emulates the leg motion associated with a normal walking or running gait and can currently be configured for three body sizes: a 50th percentile adult male and adult female, and a 6 year old child. Each of these body options is fully detachable and designed to minimize vehicle damage should the pedestrian detection system fail to operate, and the unit moves on an extremely low profile base unit which is invisible to vehicle systems. When combined with the unique ground truth positioning system installed at innovITS advance, the new pedestrian detection target system is said to provide a fast, accurate and repeatable testing capability for this category of automotive safety system.

“TRL has a strong history in the field of vehicle safety and understands the real world accident scenarios that are most relevant to protect against,” said Richard Cuerden, TRL technical director, vehicle safety. “By collaborating with innovITS advance we have been able to create a packaged solution that is likely to be highly attractive to those researching and developing pedestrian detection technologies, innovations and products. This is likely to range from tier 1 organizations and automakers developing and implementing new systems, to highways authorities wishing to validate new innovations in highway design.”

For more information visit http://www.innovits.com/advance