NEWS

6. August 2021

Expanding the A9 test field: Improvisation required

Expanding the A9 test section for autonomous and connected driving required a great deal of research and pragmatic decision-making. Now that it has been accomplished and the scientists are at work, we look back at eight challenges and their solutions.

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6. August 2021

Connected car services with great potential

Vehicle connectivity and automation is becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry. Particularly high growth potential is expected for connected car services, according to a recent study by IW Consult and Fraunhofer IAO.

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31. July 2021

Predicting movements by autonomous agents

To predict movements, many trajectory options must be taken into consideration and prioritized. The FloMo model works with probabilities and has been trained on the basis of three datasets. Its performance is improved by a proposed method of stabilizing training flows.

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What does Providentia stand for?

Providentia is a research project that has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) since early 2017. Since early 2020, it has been continued under the name Providentia++ with the Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems at the Technical University of Munich’s Department of Informatics serving as consortium leader. The project’s goal is to research the flow of information between vehicles and infrastructure along the A9 highway extending into the urban area, to create a digital twin of the current traffic situation, and from this to develop value-added services.

What research papers have already been published?

July 31,2021

Predicting movements by autonomous agents

To predict movements, many trajectory options must be taken into consideration and prioritized. The FloMo model works with probabilities and has been trained on the basis of three datasets. Its performance is improved by a proposed method of stabilizing training flows.

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August 13,2020

C-V2X: Architecture for deployment in moving network convoys

Reliable V2X communication is crucial for the development of cooperative intelligent transportation systems (ITS) – and for improving traffic safety and efficiency. A research topic of Providentia++: The approach of moving network convoys.

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August 27,2020

Auto-calibration of radars and cameras for ITS

Most intelligent transportation systems use a combination of radar sensors and cameras for the vehicle perception. Auto-calibration of these types of sensors is complex. This publication proposes a data-driven method based on neural networks.

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TECHNOLOGY

Displaying traffic digitally, recognizing vehicles, and transmitting data in real time: These are three of the tasks in store for the technologies. A key role is played by sensors, perception (with object recognition and tracking, as well as data fusion), and 5G wireless technology. In addition to these basic technologies, several other tools serve the visual representation and integration of data, such as the open-source simulator CARLA and the middleware and library framework ROS.

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VALUE-ADDED SERVICES

Whether digital information stems from radar, lidar, or camera systems: The position and speed of trucks, cars, and motorcycles are stored in the digital twin and can be anonymously retrieved and analyzed at any time. Service development is not about monitoring individuals, but rather about analyzing the overall situation, in which many vehicles and the stationary systems along the road communicate with each other and exchange data. New services, application scenarios, and business models are already being planned. Drivers, highway operators, scientists, and car manufacturers all stand to benefit equally from these services in the future.

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RESEARCH AREAS

Reducing huge amounts of data to a manageable size, sending them to the digital twin in real time, and recognizing objects even in the rain or at night: These are among the challenges the researchers in the Providentia++ team are addressing. Research into object recognition, data fusion, communication technology, and the reliability of the overall system are at the heart of Providentia++.

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CHALLENGES

The technical infrastructure is in place. Radars and cameras are in operation; a digital twin has been developed. But some steps toward practical application remain to be taken. The digital twin created by Providentia researchers on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will soon be used as a prototype in the Providentia++project. But first, the sensor technology must be readjusted, all possible environmental conditions must be mastered, and easy-to-use, modular systems must be created. Only when these hurdles have been cleared will the digital twin be put into practice and produce reliable, usable results.

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The future

“A development toward autonomous vehicles can take place very quickly. That’s how it happened with the Internet. First, two computers were networked together. Decades later came the World Wide Web, and today innovations and new services are created every second.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Alois Knoll

Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems

Department of Informatics, TU Munich

Head of Providentia++

“A development toward autonomous vehicles can take place very quickly. That’s how it happened with the Internet. First, two computers were networked together. Decades later came the World Wide Web, and today innovations and new services are created every second.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Alois Knoll

Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems

Department of Informatics, TU Munich

Head of Providentia++

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