Project: Advanced Electronics 'Prometheus/Drive' (AICC)

Reference: S350A/CA

Last update: 02/12/2003 09:38:12


This research will:
* examine the methods by which safety-related assessments of AICC can be made using a range of simulators;
* evaluate a preferred methodology that might reasonably be offered as a basis for a safety assessment;
* report on the suitability of ii) for an approval test procedure specifying further enhancements that might be reasonably tested in the confirmatory phase;
* provide confidential information on a specific type of intelligent cruise control for the maker and the Department of Transport; and
* provide a draft for discussion addressing the general acceptability of the possible AICC characteristics based on this and other available work.


This project was initiated as part of the evolution of engineering standards for road vehicles in relation to safety, security and environmental preservation. A range of technological driver-support systems is emerging from Research and Development programmes, but few have been subjected to rigorous safety assessments because of ethical problems in exposing drivers to risk. The project thus explores the validity and cost-effectiveness of assessing system safety by the use of driving simulation, in such a way that it could be linked to a 'Directives' approach to the control of innovatory systems. Autonomous Intelligent Cruise Control (AICC) was used in the project as an example of a driver-support system which has reached a near-market stage of development.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £90,430.00

Actual start date: 01 December 1994

Actual completion date: 31 December 1997


Advanced Electronics 'Prometheus/Drive' (AICC)
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/12/1997
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