Cooperative systems are essential in order to reach vision zero. Few passive or active safety systems are available for unprotected road users. To improve their safety, cooperation and communication between the unprotected road users, vehicles and infrastructure is necessary. Cooperative systems have traditionally been developed with one single technology and by one OEM / institute. In the GCDC teams will for the first time compete with systems developed individually and at different universities, based on a common communication standard, constituting a more realistic scenario for future cooperative driving.
The aim in this project is to build competences, recourses, network and a physical research platform for active cooperative systems. The working aim is participation in the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge where the best R&D teams in the world meet to drive the development of cooperative systems. The coming challenge is addressing platooning which support both impaired and alert drivers in handling obstacles, traffic conflicts and adapting the speed to current conditions.
The project forms a Swedish team, collaboration with students, researchers and industry. Knowledge and IP within the area of vehicles communication and fusion with vehicles sensors will be gained, an emerging area for commercialization. The Swedish team will enter the competition with three vehicles that are available through our industry partners. Scania and the Royal Technical Institute (KTH) will develop a platooning platform for a truck. Students and researchers from Chalmers and Halmstad University will develop one platform each that will be installed in cars supplied by Volvo Cars and AB Volvo.