AWARE2ALL defined the Use Cases for its four Demonstrators

The AWARE2ALL Use Cases (UCs) aim at the identification of the priority areas of research and developments in the project, linked to its four Demonstrators that are planned to be tested during the third year of the project.

All project’s UCs meet users needs and preliminary acceptance, as well as stakeholders interest, corresponding also to the project’s findings so far and based on the SSH approach adopted by AWARE2ALL; including diverse user groups perspectives, ensuring meaningful engagement and fostering collaboration among stakeholders, facilitating the development of innovative safety systems and effective HMI solutions for autonomous vehicles.

These UCs are reported in a homogeneous and structured way and constitute the backbone reference document for the whole project development and demonstration activities. To this extent, their description mainly sets the framework and describes the key characteristics and scenarios of the different demo sites of AWARE2ALL. Furthermore, information is provided per use case on the ecosystem that needs to be involved (main partners, users profile, HRU, key stakeholders), the vehicle, traffic and weather conditions, critical scenarios and accident types, safety parameters and high-level system requirements, in-vehicle configuration, as well as the software and hardware components.

In total, there are 14 use cases defined, of which:

5 UCs for Demonstrator 1: Passive safety, examining:

  • Frontal Collision with Rear-Facing Occupancy 
  • Frontal Collision with Forward-Facing Occupancy
  • Frontal Collision with opposed-facing Occupancy
  • Frontal Collision out-of-stance occupancy
  • Side impact

This demo will include the 3D simulation model of the new vehicle interior configuration with seats, belt systems and airbag systems for crash simulation.

2 UCs for Demonstrator 2: Active safety (without driver):

  • Frontal Collision out-of-stance occupancy
  • Side impact
Conceptual scheme for Demo 2 UC regarding critical fall-back manoeuvres

This demo will showcase an automated L4 shuttle, on a PIX-Robobus platform property of Tecnalia, deploying strategies for fall back and emergency situations on system components/ sensors failure including fail-operational functionalities, such as Adaptive Emergency Braking, evasive manoeuvring, or safe/ comfortable stops.

4 UCs for Demonstrator 3: Active safety (with driver):

  • Transition of control
  • Autonomous emergency manoeuvre without driver intervention
  • Occupants’ monitoring
  • Driver-HAV interaction
Concept photo Demo 3 UC regarding transition of control

This hybrid demonstrator is linked to a driving simulator which includes environment visualization based on OpenStreet Map and vehicle dynamics simulation including active safety features that will be based on a new trajectory optimization architecture creating a risk field based on object motion prediction, crash severity prediction and ego-motion prediction using a reference path from the navigation function.

3 UCs for Demonstrator 4: eHMI:

  • eHMI for Vulnerable road user (VRU) safety in parking manoeuvres
  • eHMI for VRU safety in zebra crossing
  • VRU pick-up

A vehicle on-board external perception system will be implemented, consisting of cameras, while additional sensors, such as LiDAR or GPS may be used for validation. Multimodal communication system will be also implemented.

Concept photo Demo 4 UC regarding zebra crossing (Source: Ficosa premises)

An updated version of the use cases is expected to be released by the end of the year, based on more details that will be available for the project Demonstrators.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Maria Panou, Director of Research,

Mrs. Matina Loukea, Research Associate,

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas - Hellenic Institute of transport (CERTH-HIT)