Researchers develop new technology for X-ray vision for smart cars to detect hidden pedestrians, cyclists

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Following the development of a disruptive technology by Australian researchers, it allows autonomous vehicles to follow moving pedestrians not visible behind buildings and cyclists blocked by trucks, larger cars, and buses.

This capability of autonomous vehicles is based on a game changing technology that allows it to view the world around it, including X-ray style vision. The technology works in the way that it penetrates through into pedestrians at blind spots and detects cyclists that are blocked by fast-moving vehicles.

Meanwhile, the applications of the technology that are being commercialized by Cohda Wireless – connected vehicle Solutions Company in Australia involves an upcoming and promising technology for intelligent transportation systems called collective or cooperative perception (CP).

With the help of ITS information sharing units for roadside that are equipped with additional sensors such as lidar and cameras, vehicles can share what they see with others using vehicle-to-X communication.

This equips autonomous vehicles to tap into various viewpoints. The hooking up to the one system increases range of view considerably thereby allowing connected vehicles to view things that are normally not.

Importantly, this is a game changing development for human operated as well as autonomous vehicles which will substantially improve the safety and efficiency of road transportation.

This allowed connected vehicle to track pedestrians that are visually obstructed by a building with CP information. This was achieved seconds before the local perception sensors of the vehicle turns on or the driver could likely see the same pedestrian in the vicinity. This provides extra time for the driver or the navigation system to react to the situation that can pose safety hazard.

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