The core element of COPE is the connection of the various road users with each other as well as with the infrastructure using the usual vehicle/vehicle and vehicle/infrastructure communication. The reason for the connection of the road users is the exchange of their own intentions as well as their observations through sensory observation of other road users.
Development focus will be the content of the messages within the given C-ITS and Car2Car connectivity framework, in order to actually support decisions for the avoidance of collisions and dangerous situations.
Interactive, Cooperative Control Algorithms
In contrast to current autonomous emergency braking and warning algorithms, which are only unilateral systems, these now become cooperating, interactive algorithms with bilateral and multilateral (re)couplings in COPE. This tremendously increases the complexity of the functions, requireing advanced system-of-systems development approaches. In addition to the content of the information exchanged, it is also a matter of dealing with data of different qualities and degrees of trust.
Scenario Management, Data-Driven Function Development, AI
The development of the appropriate message content is carried out by a concerted combination of scenario management and data-driven development methods with artificial intelligence and prospective effectiveness assessment for the integrated validation of cooperative control algorithms.
(HD-)Maps and Digital Twins
Appropriate maps and information are required for both scenario management and interpretation of the local environment context. Finally, the information provided by the various road users must also be brought together and consistently merged in a uniform framework for a clear and unambiguous interpretation.