H.2.4 Sedan car VaMP 1993 – 2004

Phase a) PROMETHEUS 1993 – 1995

H.1.2 Integrated Transputer Systems

Standard Mercedes 500 SEL (1992, W-140):

Dimensions L, W, H: 5.21 m, 1.89 m, 1.5 m

Axle distance a: 3.14 m

vehicle mass: ~ 2490 kg

engine power: 240 KW

max. speed: 250 km/h

el. power generator: 12 V, 1.4 KW (main engine)

addit. power generator: 24 V, ~ 2 KW (main engine).

Installations for autonomous operation:

Modified. hydraulic brake force amplification: ~ 100 bar;

brushless torque motor for steer actuation, directly on axle of steering wheel;

2 gaze control platforms with 2 finger-cameras .

Personnel required:

front left: safety driver (always in charge)

rear left: computer system operator

Front right seat available for a guest.

The computer system encompassed up to 60 transputers plus 1 PC as human interface.

  1. Cockpit with front cameras in front of rear-view mirror (center top of windscreen); monitor and keyboard in front of right seat.

  2. Rear view of items 6 and 7 above (in trunk)

  3. work station of computer system operator.

Phase b) Cleopatra-project 1994 – 1996

Only front camera set active with Power-PC components.

Image evaluation rate doubled to 25 Hz.

External appearance unchanged

Transputers for image sequence processing replaced by Power-PC components (601)

A.3.8 LongDistanceDrive VaMP 1995

Phase c) EMS – vision 1997 – 2004

Radar sensor added for redundant object detection & tracking in ‘Hybrid Adaptive Cruise Control’ (HACC)

Fusion of radar & higher-resolution image evaluation:

  • Radar sensor (77 GHz), all-weather capability, range from 2 up to 130 m; relatively many false alarms and poor lateral resolution.

  • Cameras with 1 mrad / pixel and 0.25 mrad / pixel lateral resolution yield at L = 100 m look-ahead range: 10 resp. 2.5 cm lateral extension per pixel.

  • Dual-Pentium COTS-PC for joint interpretation.

Video 27 Hybrid Adaptive Cruise Control VaMP 2000


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