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      SYNCAR: Synchronized automated driving in urban areas


      The project addresses the cooperation and connectivity of highly automated vehicles

      Current research and development into highly automated driving puts a focus on the individual vehicle, for example in terms of safety, driving comfort and energy consumption. The SYNCAR project broadens this perspective to develop innovative solutions for anticipatory automated driving, taking other road users and light signal systems into account. This will lead to a novel approach to traffic optimization with specific driving recommendations (maneuver recommendations) for certain vehicle groups or individual vehicles.

      Project objective

      In the framework of SYNCAR, new methods are being developed, e.g. for processing information on the vehicle surroundings from vehicle sensors, for handling communication processes between vehicle and environment, for operation and visualization in the vehicle and for providing information on the infrastructure side.

      IAV's contribution to SYNCAR comprises the many years of experience gained in the field of highly automated driving. This includes, for example, adapting existing functions such as lane keeping assistant and ACC to the requirements of a highly dynamic urban environment. In addition, vehicles are connected with each other to permit cooperation between road users as well as complex driving maneuvers, such as cooperative crossing or pulling in and driving in convoys. For these functions IAV will be equipping a test vehicle with sensors and advanced functions for highly automated driving.

      The methods generated in this project as well as functions in the vehicle and in the road-side infrastructure are to be implemented in prototypes and demonstrated on test runs, partly on non-public roads and partly in real road traffic.

      IAV (lead partner), dresden elektronik verkehrstechnik GmbH, Fraunhofer IVI (coordination), FSD Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH, FusionSystems GmbH, Preh Car Connect GmbH, Chemnitz University of Technology, Dresden University of Technology

      Funding body
      European Union (European Regional Development Fund, ERDF)

      Project sponsor
      Sächsische Aufbaubank (Development Bank of Saxony)

      Project duration
      October 2016 to September 2019

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