To increase comfort and safety, information and assistance systems have been standard in modern vehicles for years. Whether it’s a navigation system with congestion avoidance recommendation, proximity cruise control, lane departure warning, emergency brake assistant, blind spot assistant, fatigue warning, camera-based active light systems, night vision assistant, driving dynamics control, and much more: “All of these systems contribute to informing and supporting the driver and, if necessary, compensating for his or her misconduct in order to further reduce the number of people killed and injured in road traffic,” says Peter Rücker, Head of DEKRA Accident Research.
The vehicle picks up objects outside the direct field of view
Much of this equipment requires additional sensor technology – from ultrasonic sensors to radar and cameras. In addition, the vehicle must evaluate all information in real time and then make decisions. High-tech is also the basis of a new type of radar system that scientists from the universities of Princeton (New Jersey, USA), Ulm, and Kassel have developed together with engineers of the Mercedes-Benz AG: The system enables so-called Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) imaging and allows vehicles to “see around corners” and to pick up objects that are outside of their direct field of view. “This is made possible by the evaluation of reflected radar waves using artificial intelligence,” explains Felix Heide, Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.