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Unimore is leader of ADAS+, a 10 million euro project aimed to develop an innovative safe drive assistance system

Unimore takes another leap forward in the field of smart automotive research. The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia is one of the leaders of ADAS+, a nearly 10 million euro project just launched with the purpose of developing an innovative safe drive assistance system (aka ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance System) able to timely and constantly monitor the psychological and physical status of the driver, his/her drunkenness, and the air quality in the cabin.

All this will be possible thanks to silicon-based technologies, advanced algorithms for the processing of images and nanomaterials, integrated in a shared platform that meets the safe drive standards required for new generation smart cars.

The project, coordinated for Unimore by professor Paolo Pavan of DIEF – “Enzo FerrariDepartment of Engineering -, sees a 30-month commitment of an industrial partner such as ST Microelectronics, other universities all over Italy (Unibo, University of Palermo, University of “G. d’Annunzio of Chieti – Pescara), consortia such as IUNET – Interuniversity National Consortium for Nanoelectronics, the Interuniversity National Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials, as well as public and private companies such as Distretto Tecnologico Micro Nano Sistemi scarl, Innoval scarl and MTA Advanced Automotive Solution.

This project is extremely important for the entire Electronic area of DIEF – professor Paolo Pavan commented -. We will be testing the electronic central unit and insert it in a test car. This activity will be developed in close cooperation with MTA Advanced Automotive Solutions and will allow us to consolidate our practical knowledge, as well as broaden the scope of our skills. We also have the opportunity to work with a group of companies and research centres of excellence, and we hope to increase our networking capacity for future projects”.

In order to reach the final objective, three technologically advanced models will be developed, based on state-of-the-art technological platforms: a Fisio module, made of silicon miniaturised optical sensors, integrated in the steering and able to monitor the level of attention of the driver (by constantly checking the heartbeat rhythm and its variability); a Vision module, made of micro cameras with visible light, video-cameras with IR radiation to detect any signs of fatigue and irritability, and radar devices to recognise any obstacles outside the cabin; lastly, a Chemical Sensors module made of a multichip integrated in the steering to check the level of sobriety or drunkenness of the driver, and microchips of environmental sensors for monitoring the air quality in the cabin.

These three prototype modules will then be integrated for the creation of an ADAS+ control unit that will include ST components to be developed in the project and tested on a test vehicle.

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