The project seeks to reshape human interaction with vehicles and the future of European automotive and transport industries. Sensor-based cars being able to operate in all weather conditions will enhance mobility and safety thanks to providing a more flexible use of vehicles. DENSE will strengthen Europe’s leading position of the automotive industry and open new doors for exploiting infrared, laser and radar technologies.
Current driver assistance systems offer comfort and safety in good weather, but in severe weather – such as snow, fog, heavy rain or hail – they often malfunction or fail. The project identified the needed key improvements: extending the line of sight for sensors in restricted visibility conditions beyond the capabilities of human beings. DENSE will lead to the needed key improvements in sensor technology – resulting in a 24/7 all-weather sensor suite – consequently enhancing the safety of automated driving.