Automatic Accident Detection: Assistance Through Communication Technologies and Vehicles

A priceless opportunity to improve assistance to people injured in traffic accidents is offered by the symbiosis between communication technologies and vehicles, providing information about the incident to reduce the response time of emergency services. The number of victims could be significantly reduced by determining the required human and material resources more accurately for each particular accident. A novel system prototype especially designed to detect and provide faster assistance for traffic accidents, thereby minimizing the consequences on the passengers health, is presented in this article. Each vehicle is required by the proposed system to be endowed with an onboard unit (OBU) responsible for detecting and reporting accident situations to an external control unit (CU) that estimates its severity, then allocating the necessary resources for the rescue operation. It is shown by the development of a prototype based on off-the-shelf devices and its validation at the Applus+ IDIADA Automotive Research Corporation facilities that after an accident takes place, this system could notably reduce the time needed to alert and deploy the emergency services.


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  • Accession Number: 01447151
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2012 1:44PM