The Autonomous Ready project provides a driver support system which has prevented 668 collisions with pedestrians and cyclists in two months. The goal is to cut the number of accidents and identify black spots in the city so that action can be taken to improve their safety.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) were initially fitted in 300 delivery and transport vehicles, 85 of them buses operated by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB).
The system predicts 80% of possible driver errors and uses cameras with smart sensors to:
- Gather information from surroundings.
- Detect and geolocate pedestrians and cyclists.
- Map susceptible areas to implement safety measures.
- Give out an accident warning in cases of risk.
Over the two months, the vehicles covered 45,000 kilometres a day and detected a total of 37,000 cyclists and 240,000 pedestrians, 668 of which were in situations of danger.
Reducing accident rates to zero: public and private commitment
Autonomous Ready is headed by the Directorate General for Traffic and Barcelona City Council. Various entities and businesses are also collaborating and have fitted ADAS devices on their vehicles.
The goal is to increase the fleet of safe vehicles from 300 to 5,000 in three years. EU regulations anticipate that on-board driver assistance systems will become obligatory in 2022 to improve safety.