SOLARIS AND POZNAN UNIVERSITY DEVELOPING ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM
In cooperation with Poznań University of Technology Solaris is developing an advanced system of assistance for drivers of city buses. In the past few weeks, project tests were run in front of the Municipal Stadium in Poznań thanks to which the electric bus will be able to precisely show the driver how to dock the pantograph under a charging station.
Devised jointly by engineers of Solaris and of the Poznań University of Technology, the system will facilitate the performance of simple and complex manoeuvres, such as driving forward and backward or parking, but it will also constitute an invaluable support when carrying out precise movements, for instance docking the pantograph to the charging station, which may prove challenging in the case of articulated vehicles. The goal of the project is to improve the safety of passengers and drivers of buses in city traffic. Moreover, it will help operators with manoeuvres on bus depot premises. The new system will also ensure optimal energy consumption by the vehicles.
The system is capable of recognising a charging mast, and consequently, it will be able to precisely show the driver where to dock the pantograph under the charging station. The software makes it possible that the vehicle will self-locate and create a map of the surroundings, in order to identify other road users on that map. What is more, the system is based on a neural network which enables the system to recognize specified objects in various weather conditions. Data transmitted from the ADAS sensors will be analysed so as to best use and fine-tune the operation of the software. The tests will also allow to check the operation of algorithms during the docking of vehicles under a station and to optimise their values.