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Assessment Methodologies for Forward Looking Integrated Pedestrian and

Further Extension to Cyclists Safety Systems

General information
Europe EC
From 2011-09-01 to 2014-07-31 Concluded
Project Coordinator
VRA, the network of automation

The objective of the AsPeCSS project is to contribute towards improving the protection of vulnerable road users, in particular pedestrians and cyclists by developing harmonized test and assessment procedures for forward looking integrated pedestrian safety systems.


  • To develop harmonized and standardized procedures and related tools for the assessment of forward looking integrated pedestrian safety systems. Such harmonization shall be provided at European level and will also target a broader scope worldwide. As part of this:
  • Develop a methodology for balancing direct active safety benefit, combined active-passive safety benefit, as well as direct passive safety benefit into one overall safety assessment (based on benefit estimations);
  • Develop methods and means to adapt passive safety test conditions for scenarios with preceding pre-crash action;
  • Develop test targets representing pedestrians for different sensor types.
  • To gain acceptance for future implementation of test and assessment tools in scientific, industrial, regulatory or consumer rating procedures by extensive evaluation and validation;
  • To set the bases and prepare similar activities focusing on the test and assessment of integrated protection systems dedicated to cyclists.


  • AsPeCSS provided an overall assessment methodology on a benefit related basis as a test and assessment protocol for integrated pedestrian protection systems with pre-crash (AEB) braking. This has been proposed together with AEB test protocols and the standard Euro NCAP pedestrian passive safety test protocol.
  • In order to develop the overall assessment methodology a first set of accident scenarios and associated test scenarios with weighting factors were developed.
  • AsPeCSS has also worked on establishing specifications for test targets, test tools and test procedures used in AEB-P testing. Systems to address pedestrian accidents are more challenging from a technology point of view due to difficulties to predict pedestrian path, pedestrians are relatively small making it hard to detect and classify and majority of pedestrian accidents happen in cross-traffic situations.
  • The project has also studied pedestrian impactor tests and simulation for a representative selection of vehicles. These simulations and tests provide valuable information regarding the influence of the testing parameters on test results.
  • AsPeCSS had accomplished huge impact in the advanced driving systems forums. The project has arranged several workshops with relevant stakeholders, has provided input to Euro NCAP working groups and has been present in numerous conferences and pedestrian events. Thus, we can say that AsPeCSS have boost pedestrian protection and provided significant basis for future developments and assessments in this area.

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Total cost: € 3.799.66 / EU Contribution: € 2.366.331 Funded under the call: FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1 / SST.2011.4.1-1. - Design of safety vehicle systems for a better protection of vulnerable road users and other under-protected and less safe user groups