Collision Avoidance: Advanced Vehicle Control Systems

Approximately 90% of all accidents are caused by human error. Advanced Vehicle Control Systems (AVCS) encompass a variety of technologies which seek to prevent these accidents by offering advanced in-vehicle technological assistance. In addition to reducing the number and severity of vehicle crashes, AVCS promises the additional benefits of increasing highway efficiency and driver comfort.

AVCS technologies seek to comprehensively manage all accident risk factors. Longitudinal control and adaptive cruise control maintain safe following distances between vehicles. Lateral control ensures that lane changes are accomplished safely. Different kinds of actuators and sensors manage human factors, including driver fatigue.

CISR is actively researching various aspects of AVCS. Current research includes lateral and longitudinal control of vehicles for lane keeping and collision avoidance. In addition, pre-crash research is identifying, quantifying, and analyzing the causal factors of crashes as well as developing technologies that help to avoid crashes.