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New clever test dummies to stage walk out – in front of cars

ACEA developed a pedestrian dummy that walks in order to test ADAS safety systems.


With the number of miles autonomous vehicles perform on the streets increasing and the speed we are moving towards an autonomous driving world, the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA) in association with the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), have developed an articulated pedestrian dummy to better simulate a pedestrian crossing the street.

ADAS systems that can help prevent or soften collisions with pedestrians, such as AEB and front collision warning (FCW) are very common. They use sophisticated technology to automatically intervene ahead of the driver.

In 2016 Euro NCAP introduced a new test to evaluate how effective vehicles are at detecting pedestrians and preventing collisions. However, static pedestrians do not represent the most realistic scenario of someone crossing the road, according to Auto Trade.Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 3.28.42 pm

So the ACEA and CLEPA joined to develop a new test dummy that can simulate the characteristics of a pedestrian crossing the road, providing a much better representation. This will make it possible to improve safety ADAS systems.

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