Negotiating and executing cooperative driving maneuvers with several fully automated vehicles provides considerable potential, for example, in terms of accident avoidance and emission reduction. However, these advantages will only be achieved once fully automated, cooperative vehicles have become introduced into traffic to a significant number of such vehicles. At the beginning though, these vehicles will not be able to find any cooperation partners and thus the cooperative function is not usable. Therefore, the question arises concerning the customer’s incentive to buy such a system for a possibly not inconsiderable surcharge.
Evolutionary Introduction of Cooperative Driving Functions
The project “iFORESEE – Introductory Concepts for Connected and Cooperative Cars“ of the “Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe“ (“Profilregion: High Performance Center for Mobility Research”) addresses this question in an interdisciplinary approach of computer scientists, traffic engineers, psychologists and economic sociologists aiming for an evolutionary introduction of cooperative driving functions.
Essentially, this means:
- The development of new cooperative driving functions that require low levels of automation (SAE level – from pure assistance functions, to the co-utilisation of, for example, lane keeping assistant or ACC, to automated driving functions of future highway pilots).
- Cooperative driving functions that already offer an added value for its drivers even with only few such vehicles on the road
- Driving functions that extend existing assistance functions to avoid high additional costs for additional sensor technology
- Upwards-compatible driving functions to serve as initial cooperation partners for fully automated, cooperative vehicles and thus facilitate their market launch
As part of the “Karlsruhe Mobility Summit 2021“, two of the 13 developed driving functions were presented and simulated with OCTANE: the bottleneck-assistant and the rendezvous-assistant.