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ESCAPE Project

European Safety Critical Applications Positioning Engine
Dates: Autumn 2016 – Autumn 2019

With connected vehicles and autonomous driving vehicles being the most relevant trend in the automotive sector there is a clear need to provide accurate and reliable positioning information for safety-critical applications. Within the context of road transportation, safety-critical applications are defined as those that possess the potential to, directly or indirectly, avoid causing harm to humans, destroying the vehicle or damaging external property or the environment. Autonomous driving, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and dangerous goods transportation are all included in this group.

The traditional way of providing the required accurate and reliable positioning information is to make use of multiple sources of sensor data. The problem with this approach is that it requires the use of such sophisticated equipment as radar/lidar-based sensor and cameras, which tend to be expensive. Furthermore, as this equipment is not specifically designed for use with automotive consumer applications, it is not fully suitable to provide reliable positioning information.

European Safety Critical Applications Positioning Engine – ESCAPE project aims to overcome these multiple challenges by developing a dedicated, reliable and accurate engine, specifically designed for automotive safety-critical applications.

The GNSS receiver in the ESCAPE engine will feature multi-constellation, multi-frequency capabilities and will be enabled to receive and process the upcoming Galileo OS authenticated signals, which is one of the key differentiators of the European GNSS, expected to be broadcast starting form 2018.


Autonomous vehicles and infrastructure interactions for mobility services in lightly populated zones
Program: FUI
Partners: Renault, Rambouillet Territoires, BMCP, Easymile, Exoskills, Neavia Technologies, 4D-Virtualiz, IFSTTAR, INRIA Grenoble, Institut Pascal, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Heudiasyc UMR UTC/CNRS
Dates: September 2017 – September 2020

PRETIV Project

Multimodal Perception and Reasoning for Transnational Intelligent Vehicles
Dates: February 2012 – August 2015

  • Development of an online multimodal perception system which incorporates vehicle localization, mapping of static objects of its environment, detecting and tracking moving objects in probabilistic frameworks through multimodal sensing data and knowledge fusion;
  • Development of offline reasoning methods based on sensed data, in order to learn semantics, activity and interaction patterns (vehicle – other objects, vehicle – infrastructure), which could be injected as the contextual and country-specific a priori information to make the online perception more general for international use. This analysis aims at comparing perception methods in different traffic environments, and aims at identifying better context-specific a priori information leading to more effective perception algorithms. It includes traffic situation awareness, i.e. generation of indicators to help decision, to estimate the dangerousness of the driving situation by considering factors of sensing uncertainty and infrastructure;
  • Cross-experiments and comparative studies are to be conducted in real transnational traffic situations (France and China) by implementing the jointly developed core algorithms on two different test-bed vehicles of the partners, which will permit cross-fertilization of sensing techniques between the three research groups;
  • A comparative dataset containing the experimental data, labeled training sets in typical traffic scenarios in both France and China with ground-truth, which will be used in learning country-specific traffic semantics, and will be opened to public to promote comparative researches on transnational traffic semantics and behaviors. To our knowledge, no such dataset has been proposed for international use.

PREDiMAP Project

Vehicle Perception and Reasoning Enhanced with Digital Maps
Program: ICT-Asia
Partners: Heudiasyc (CNRS, University of Technology of Compiègne), LIAMA, MATIS (IGN), e-Motion (INRIA), POSS (Key Lab. on Machine Perception, Peking University), Cyberc3 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Geoinformatics Center (Asian Institute of technology), Shiabasaki & Sekimoto lab (Center for Spatial Information Science & Institue of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo)
Dates: April 2011 – March 2013

The objective of the project is to gather research teams from China, Japan, Thailand and France with complementary skills and expertise to conduct research in the area of advanced perception systems for intelligent vehicles making a large use of digital maps. The partnership will benefit from different experiences in the fields of embedded perception systems for intelligent vehicles, digital geographic and road map information production and use, and more generally spatial information sciences. The originality of the project is to fully consider the dual concept for intelligent vehicle applications: using digital maps to perceive and using perception for mapping.

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