Transport safety authority demonstrates performance evaluation testbed for semi-autonomous vehicles

By Park Sae-jin Posted : March 15, 2022, 10:39 Updated : March 15, 2022, 10:39

[Courtesy of the Korea Transport Safety Authority]

SEOUL -- South Korea's transport safety authority has demonstrated a testbed platform designed to evaluate the performance of semi-autonomous driver assistant features of the current and next-generation vehicles. The platform will later be upgraded so that driver assistant systems can be tested on an actual road. 
A vehicle's advanced driver assistant system (ADAS) helps a driver by autonomously maintaining the safety distance with other cars on the road or steering the car around a corner by monitoring and analyzing the road situation ahead. ADAS is not fully autonomous as it normally requires the driver to keep his or her hands on the steering wheel and pay attention to the road ahead so that he can take evasive action in cases of emergency.
ADAS consists of complex arrays of sensors and computing modules. It is designed to offer a more convenient and safe driving environment but an application program glitch or a case of equipment malfunction could lead to fatal accidents. ADAS is a popular option for consumers who buy new cars. The global market for ADAS is projected to stand at $74.9 billion by 2030, according to global market research company Markets and Markets.
The Korea Transportation Safety Authority (TS) said that the state transport safety watchdog demonstrated a performance evaluation testbed for vehicles equipped with ADAS. The testbed platform designed to detect system and equipment malfunctions to prevent accidents was developed through a two-year state-funded project that was launched in 2020.
During the demonstration, the platform was used to test ADAS features such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS) and lane-keeping assistant system (LKAS). "We will upgrade and improve this testbed so that we can evaluate the overall performance of top-notch vehicle safety equipment on an actual road," TS said in a statement on March 14.
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