A more and more “intelligent” vehicle
This new type of electronic co-pilot is found in the IVVI (Intelligent Vehicle based on Visual Information) a real car which has become a platform for research and experimentation for professors and students at the University. The aim of researchers developing this “intelligent vehicle” at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the UC3M is to be able to capture and interpret all of the information on the road when we drive. “For example,” continues Professor Armingol,” we have developed a system which detects and classifies the lines on the road to assess the direction the vehicle is headed and thus avoid going off the road.” The cameras incorporated into the car send the information to the computers inside the car which analyze the images and also allow the detection of people or obstacles on the road. The apparatus not only detects pedestrians, but also analyses their activity and movement in order to determine conflictive ones. The challenge: avoid hitting pedestrians.
Another module of the IVVI integrates a system of traffic sign recognition, which could also contribute to improving the state of the roads. This invention detects danger and prohibition signs automatically according to their shape and colour through search algorithms. The researchers say that there is a wide range of applications once the system is designed, such as the automatic inspection of traffic signs, regarding colour, shape, position and size. The aim is to improve maximum reliability so that this information can help the driver to be alerted to possible dangers. This is a technological spy with a purpose in the lens of its cameras: to save lives at the wheel.