Examining the Effectiveness of Pedestrian Detection Systems
When there is an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, the pedestrian is much more likely to be seriously injured than the individual in the motor vehicle. Certain car manufacturers have begun to offer pedestrian detection systems in their cars as a way to alert the driver that there is a pedestrian in the vehicle’s path. A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of these crash avoidance systems.
According to the Volpe Center’s study findings, pedestrian crash avoidance/mitigation (PCAM) systems have the potential to prevent up to 5,000 vehicle-pedestrian crashes and 810 fatal vehicle-pedestrian crashes each year. Even when crashes are unavoidable, the PCAM can reduce the severity of the injuries by lowering the speed of the vehicle prior to impact. Whether the accident is caused by a driver who is distracted by another occupant in the vehicle or a pedestrian who is texting and not paying attention to their surroundings, the PCAM can prevent a collision and avoid a potential tragedy.
Volpe Center’s Study Method
The Volpe team of experts considered the following factors when determining the effectiveness of the PCAM systems at preventing vehicle/pedestrian accidents:
- Two of the crash avoidance systems analyzed provided audio and visual warnings to the driver.
- Two of the systems provided a visual alert only.
- One system provided an auditory alert to the pedestrian, but this was not considered in the analysis since pedestrian motions and reactions are too unpredictable.
- Two automatic braking systems were identified, including:
– Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which applies maximum braking pressure without requiring driver involvement
– Dynamic Brake Assist (DBA), which applies maximum braking level to driver-applied pressure in order to assist the driver, if it becomes necessary
The Volpe researchers analyzed real-world pedestrian crash data and the test data was tracked from PCAM systems from a variety of manufacturers. In addition to test data and real-world driver behavior data, researchers also examined historical crash data to determine safety impact. The researchers used this data to predict the number of wrecks, along with the resulting injuries and fatalities, the avoidance systems could prevent.
The Volpe team’s comprehensive 150-page report highlights the potential safety benefits of PCAM systems. The level of effectiveness was based on how well the system helped avoid crashes and reduced the severity of the crash. The projected benefits were based on the number of vehicle-pedestrian crashes that were reported by the police, as well as those that involved injuries or fatalities.
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