Situation understanding and risk assessment framework for preventive driver assistance

This thesis focuses on the introduction of contextual information into the decision processes of driving assistance systems. The overall purpose is to infer risk earlier than conventional driving assistance systems, as well as to enhance the level of trust on the information provided to drivers. Several factors govern the vehicle behaviour. These include the road network and traffic rules, as well as other road users such as vehicles and pedestrians with which the vehicle interacts. This results in strong interdependencies amongst all entities, which govern their behaviour. Further, whilst traffic rules apply equally to all participants, each driver interacts differently with the immediate environment, leading to different risk level for a given behaviour. This information must be incorporated within the decision-making processes of these systems. In this thesis, a framework is proposed that combines a priori information from digital navigation maps with real time information from on board vehicle sensors and/or external sources via wireless communications links, to infer a better situation understanding, which should enable to anticipate risks. This tenet is similar to the task of a co-pilot when using a priori notated road information. The proposed approach is constrained by using only data from close to production sensors. The framework proposed in this thesis consists of two phases, namely situation understanding and risk assessment. The situation understanding phase consists in performing a high level interpretation of all observations by including a priori information within the framework. The purpose is to understand how the perceived road entities interact, and how the interactions constrain the vehicle behaviour. This phase establishes the spatio-temporal relationships between the perceived entities to determine their relevance with respect to the subject vehicle motion, and then to identify which entities to be tracked.


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  • Accession Number: 01635165
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
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  • Created Date: May 24 2017 12:17PM