Application of Intersection Safety (INS) in Helmond

The Dutch pilot is based on the Intersection Safety (INS) application, which is to a certain extent similar to the Cooperative Autonomous Emergency Braking (CAEB) system. This system uses communication to create a local map of the surroundings of an equipped vehicle, which allows early detection of possible hazards. In case the risk on a collision is high, the driver will receive a warning, and, if needed, the system will automatically brake to avoid a collision. Additionally, for the INS application, a warning is sent to the cyclist to initiate braking. In this pilot, a Road Side Unit (RSU) is used as well, which is able to detect cyclists that are out-of-view for the vehicle (i.e., obstructed view).

The Dutch pilot can be divided in two main parts: a pilot week to evaluate the performance of cyclist/PTW detection by and communication of the RSU, and a pilot demonstration in which the INS system will be demonstrated/evaluated.

The crossing chosen for this use case is shown with a red circle: the N270 and Steenovenweg cross each other at the red circle, in Helmond, the Netherlands.

Pilots Objectives

The objectives of the Intersection Safety (INS) system are:

  • To increase safety for cyclists, by the following means:
    • By warning the driver;
    • By automated braking;
  • To prevent collisions for the following situations:
    • Crossing situations, as shown in the use cases, especially when the view is blocked.

The INS pilot will demonstrate the functionality of this system. Detection and state estimation by the RSU, effective warning to the driver plus automatic braking if necessary and the warning of the cyclist via the haptic system in the handlebars and visual warning system will be tested and demonstrated.

Expected Results

From this test activity, the project expects to accomplish the following goals:

  • A safety increase, as a result of a reduction in the number of collisions with cyclists;
  • An improvement in bicycle mobility, as a result of effect on travel speed, (e.g., increased number and / or length of trips by bicycle);
  • An improvement in comfort of cyclists, as a result of increased perceived safety and reduced uncertainty and stress;
  • An improvement in comfort of vehicle drivers, as a result of increased perceived safety and reduced uncertainty and stress.
Intersection Safety (INS) poster