ADAS Advancements aimed to reduce road accidents

Jon Clark, head of electrical and electronics at TMETC, talks about how improvements in ADAS could improve safety on India's notorious roads.

A new report has revealed that road accidents in India have increased, with soaring traffic density and speeding the major causes of a rise in fatalities.

That's one of the main reasons we at Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) are working hard to improve Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued its 2018 Road Accident report, showing a 0.46 per cent increase in road accidents compared to 2017.

This sad truth may come as no surprise to many and enforces TMETC's commitment in developing its ADAS technology for the entire range of Tata Motors' vehicles.

As the collective term to describe the growing number of vehicle electronic functions designed to improve driver, passenger and pedestrian safety, aspects of ADAS are already commonplace in many vehicles, with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) being the most familiar.

The advancement of other ADAS features is key in helping to reduce road accidents and generally improve road safety.

The Forward Collision Warning system (FCW) is just one advanced safety feature that could be beneficial when driving on India's congested and, in places, poorly lit roads.

This advanced safety technology monitors both the vehicle's speed as well as the speed of the vehicle in front, warning the driver of any potential collision and enabling them to take evasive action.

TMETC's engineers have used their experience of creating an autonomous driving control system to develop driver assistance solutions which meet the demands of the Indian road environment.

The team have already demonstrated real time data gathering from Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and vision sensors combined with AI object recognition on a development vehicle in Pune.

These unique and progressive projects help to position TMETC as a leading engineering research centre for future vehicle advancements.

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