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Germany takes enormous leap towards safe autonomous driving

Post Date: 5. July 2022

KI Absicherung positions Germany to compete in the race for  key new technologies and prepares the German automotive industry for market leadership in autonomous driving.

We at neurocat were proud to be part of the “KI Absicherung” (roughly, Safeguarding AI) research project, a 41 million euro initiative the Federal Government’s AI strategy. This project seeks to position Germany in the development of key new technologies and ensure the German automotive industry remains a market leader in era of autonomous vehicles and driving.

In these initiatives, neurocat focused on the brittleness safety concerns. Herein, we were able to draw upon our experience in developing test methods for the reliable detection of pedestrians on the street. Once we developed the appropriate test methods we integrated them into our proposed innovative robustness test strategy and provided guidance on how to assess the risks associated with deploying this complex computer vision task in an autonomous vehicle. Additionally, we provided recommendation to the consortium partners working on Deep Neural Networks on where to improve the perception algorithms to mitigate risk and thus fulfil the safety goals of the project.

An autonomous vehicle must perceive its environment and react appropriately to it. This environmental detection must be able to detect the movements of others in order to detect and classify road users, like pedestrians. In highly automated vehicles, these tasks will increasingly be performed by artificial intelligence (AI), as AI functionality modules based on machine learning are becoming a key technology.

One of the biggest challenges in integrating these technologies into highly automated driving cars are the established processes of functional safety cannot be directly transferred to machine learning methods.

To solve this challenge, the research project “KI Absicherung” was launched on 1 July 2019 consisting of 25 partner companies and institutions led by Volkswagen AG. The aim of the consortium was to achieve a stringent and verifiable argumentation chain for the validation and deployment of AI function modules for highly automated driving.

In the “KI Absicherung” project, leading experts from industry and science brought together for the first time disciplines that previously had largely evolved and acted independently, focusing solely on one issue such as AI algorithms, 3D visualization and animation, or functional safety. Over the last three years, we have worked together to develop solutions to monitor, evaluate, and test safety-critical AI systems for autonomous vehicles reliably and transparently.

We at neurocat were honored to work together with the following partners from across different sectors:

  • Automotive Manufacturers: Volkswagen AG (Konsortialführer), AUDI AG, BMW Group, Opel Automobile GmbH
  • Suppliers: Continental Automotive GmbH, Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH, Visteon Electronics Germany GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
  • Technology Providers: AID Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, Automotive Safety Technologies GmbH, Intel Deutschland GmbH, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH, Merantix AG, Luxoft GmbH, umlaut systems GmbH, QualityMinds GmbH
  • Research Partners: Fraunhofer IAIS (Stellv. Konsortialführer und Wissenschaftlicher Koordinator), Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, TU München, Universität Heidelberg
  • External Technology Partners: BIT Technology Solutions GmbH, neurocat GmbH, understand ai GmbH
  • Project Management: European Center for Information and Communication Technologies – EICT GmbH

More information can be found here: https://www.ki-absicherung-projekt.de

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