Title: Control methods for automated testing of preventive pedestrian protection systems

Authors: Sven Heinlein; Stefan Hahn; Klaus Zindler

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, D-63743 Aschaffenburg, Germany ' Faculty of Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, D-63743 Aschaffenburg, Germany ' Faculty of Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, D-63743 Aschaffenburg, Germany

Abstract: Preventive pedestrian protection systems have significant potential to reduce the number of accidents with pedestrian involvement. However, owing to their high complexity new test methods have to be developed. The new safety functions are validated by means of driving tests reproducing safety-critical traffic situations with pedestrian involvement on a testing ground. This paper presents new control methods for the automated testing of preventive pedestrian protection systems. These include new control algorithms for automated lateral and longitudinal vehicle guidance as well as two different concepts for motion control of a pedestrian dummy. The presented measurement results confirm that the developed methods enable highly accurate and reproducible driving tests.

Keywords: automated testing; preventive systems; pedestrian protection; vehicle control; motion control; reproducible driving tests; safety-critical traffic situations; vehcile safety; driving tests; lateral vehicle guidance; longitudinal vehicle guidance; motion control; pedestrian dummies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVSMT.2015.068974

International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing, 2015 Vol.10 No.2, pp.127 - 147

Received: 30 Nov 2013
Accepted: 22 Apr 2014

Published online: 22 Apr 2015 *

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