The development of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) has gathered considerable momentum in recent years. While media reports often claim that self-driving cars are just around the corner, experts and scientists say there is still a long way to go. The terms autonomous or automated driving are often used imprecisely. There is, however, a precise definition, broken down into different levels of driving automation, from 0 (no automation) to 5 (full automation). This taxonomy is the subject of the SAE J 3016 standard.

Based on SAE J3016, it would seem that advanced driver-assistance systems will remain relevant for a long time to come and that fully automated driving is still a long way away, despite progress in many technical details.


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In its work on designing and evaluating advanced driver-assistance systems, the Institute of Human Engineering focused on user-oriented design and the impact on road safety. In addition to the university’s resources, the research work was supported by industrial partners and publicly sponsored projects ranging from PROMETHEUS to UR:BAN. 


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