A study to the practical implementation of the Lane Change Assistant

Mark Roelofsen, B-Assignment at Jilin University, Changchun, April-June 2009

As a result of the enormous growth in transport in the last decades, our road networks are getting busier and busier. To prevent dangerous situations, drivers need to pay more attention in their vehicular maneuver under heavy congestions. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications in and around the vehicle help (or even take over) certain driving tasks from the driver and can therefore improve driver safety and traffic efficiency.

Nowadays, more and more ITS applications become available on the market. Other applications are still being developed. One of these promising new techniques is the Lane Change Assistant (LCA). The assistant advices drivers on whether a lane change can be made safely, regarding the current traffic situation. To be able to give this advice, the vehicle must be equipped with vehicle detection hardware, such as cameras.

This study focuses on the development of the Lane Change Assistant. The main goal in this study is to identify the safety criteria based on the available information. With this knowledge it is possible to define how a lane change assistant can be made practically.