Cooperative perception or collective perception (CP) is an emerging and promising technology for intelligent transportation systems (ITS). It enables an ITS station (ITS-S) to share its local perception information with others by means of vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication, thereby achieving improved efficiency and safety in road transportation. In this project, we developed a CP framework and ITS-S prototypes, including connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) and intelligent roadside units (IRSUs). We presented a collection of experiments to demonstrate the use of CP service to improve awareness of vulnerable road users (VRU) and thus safety for CAVs in various traffic scenarios. We also demonstrated how CAVs can autonomously and safely interact with walking and running pedestrians, relying only on the CP information received from other ITS-Ss through V2X communication. This is one of the first demonstrations of urban vehicle automation using only CP information.
Final report of our work in Development and demonstrations of cooperative perception for connected and automated vehicles.
Listen to Eduardo Nebot on BBC talking about x-ray vision here. The interview starts from 19m35s.