In the AI-SEE project, a PENTA EURIPIDES² labelled research project is taking seriously the mission impossible – 24/7 automated driving in poor visibility conditions. 21 partners comprising world class players on the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and supplier level will join forces over a period of three years to build a novel, robust sensor system supported by artificial intelligence for low visibility conditions. The result will be a robust, fault-tolerant multi-sensor perception system. It will be functional in practically all lighting and weather conditions in 24h/365-day mode enabling safe automated driving at SAE Level 4. The project led by Mercedes-Benz AG kicked off on June 2021.
The project is co-developing broad spectrum of complex hardware and software development needed to tackle this currently considered blind spot of automated vehicles. Specifically, the state-of-the-art fault tolerant multi-sensor perception system supported by AI processing scheme will be presented and the related R&I challenges of implementing self-diagnosis, adaptation and robustness discussed. Furthermore, the requirements for inclement weather data collection and sensor near transformation models for synthetic datasets generation will be outlined.
On 31 August and 1 September, 2023, the AI-SEE consortium convened for its 2nd Consortium Meeting at the VTT premises in Tampere, Finland. This gathering brought together over 30 participants with the primary objectives of reviewing the technical accomplishments achieved during the 2nd project year and aligning efforts for the project’s completion in 2024.
During the meeting, notable progress was showcased through the presentation of project demonstration vehicles by VTT, Unikie, Magna/Veoneer, and Patria. This marked a crucial integration milestone in the validation process of the AI-SEE platform.
Additionally, a collaborative testing campaign took place in Padasjoki, Finland, where the Patria off-road land demonstrator, equipped with automotive sensing components, underwent successful testing on forest terrain typical of Finland. This achievement underscored the adaptability and effectiveness of the AI-SEE perception system in diverse domains.
AI-SEE is a co-labelled PENTA and EURIPIDES2 project endorsed by EUREKA. National Funding Authorities are Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Business Finland, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). EURIPIDES² is a EUREKA Cluster promoting the generation of innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Smart Electronic Systems. Twenty organisations have committed to build a novel, robust sensing system supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that enables automated travel in variable traffic and weather conditions.
Project duration: 36 months, starting on 1st June 2021
Total costs: €20 million
Funding from national public authorities (co-labelled by PENTA and EURIPIDES²): €10 million
Coordinator: Mercedes-Benz AG
OEMs: Mercedes-Benz AG, Patria Land Oy
Automotive Suppliers: Magna/Veoneer Sweden AB, Robert Bosch GmbH, AVL List GmbH, Brightway Vision Ltd., ams-OSRAM AG, Torc Europe GmbH, Torc CND Robotics Inc.
Research Institutes: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Universität Stuttgart, CARISSMA Institute of Automated Driving, Stiftung für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Meßtechnik an der Universität Ulm
Engineering Companies: Ansys Germany GmbH, Meluta Oy, UNIKIE Oy, OQmented GmbH, FIFTY2 Technology GmbH, Basemark Oy, AstaZero AB