Current generation pedestrian crash avoidance systems may not be effective at night or during right-turns.

An independent evaluation of automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection.


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  • None of the systems warned the driver about a pedestrian or applied automatic braking when tested under nighttime, low light conditions
  • During right-turn tests (analogous to right-turn-on-red situations) none of the PCAS provided warnings or initiated automatic braking
  • Researchers indicated that improved effectiveness in nighttime conditions would significantly enhance the functionality of currently available pedestrian detection systems.
  • Auto makers should be more explicit about the limitations of their systems and drivers should familiarize themselves with proper operation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems present in their vehicle. In terms of pedestrian detection, drivers should be made aware of the difference between a collision warning system and a collision mitigation system.

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Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Published By: American Automobile Association

Source Date: 10/01/2019

URL: http://www.aaa.com/AAA/common/aar/files/Research-Report-Pedestrian-Detection.pdf

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Chris Bischak


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Lesson ID: 2019-00910