Where the number of road fatalities for the EU28 is decreasing every year, the number of cyclist fatalities decreases at a slower pace. Autonomous Emergency Braking-systems (AEB) able to detect cyclists are expected to reduce the number of fatalities and seriously injured. To develop a testing system for Cyclist-AEB systems a project, CATS, has been executed.
To protect VRU in accidents with cars, active systems are being developed and deployed that aim at collision avoidance & mitigation. With sensors such as camera and radar, a real-time estimate is made of the current traffic situation, and the risk of running into a collision with other traffic participants is continuously calculated, in order to determine appropriate action. Such Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems support the driver with an audio-visual-haptic warning and by automated braking to avoid or mitigate imminent crashes. In 2016, Euro NCAP made Pedestrian-AEB part of their test protocol and star rating. Euro NCAP intends to include Cyclist-AEB systems in the safety assessment from 2018. To further develop a testing system for Cyclist-AEB systems a consortium was initiated, called CATS (Cyclist-AEB Testing System). TNO lead the CATS consortium consisting of various OEMs, TIER1s, and additional industry partners.
The objective of the CATS consortium was to develop a testing system for Cyclist-AEB:
The CATS project started in 2014 Q2, and was concluded in 2016 Q2.