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Avoiding Accidents

In 2010, about 200.000 people were injured in inner-city traffic accidents and about 1400 died only in Germany. Half of the killed traffic participants were bicyclists or pedestrians.

Many of these accidents could have been avoided, if the driver had looked into the right direction at the right time. Here is the problem of human perception: our eyes only see sharp in a small area (ca. 2°), the rest is only perceived blurred. We compensate this weakness by performing fast changes of the viewing direction (so called "saccades"). On average, we perform two saccades per second. So, even the most attentive driver might miss a critical situation and a severe accident might occur.

The 6D-Vision system needs only about 0,2 seconds to detect potential collisions for the full field-of-view of the camera . This enables many options for driver assistance systems. Not only emergency brake systems for crossing cyclists but also automatic swerve maneuvers for suddenly appearing pedestrians have been shown experimentally. The video has been taken during public presentations in 2009. Powerful classifiers verify that the endangered object is a pedestrian.