Technical feasibility


SECTION I: Testing



Has the R & D result been tested?






The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1


If yes



In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing


1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results



If no:



Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
Currently the stage of development of the product is at the system specification. From the hardware viewpoint, main components of the system have been decided some years ago and due technology evolution, an update is necessary.

The step to be made are: detailed specification, detailed design, prototype implementation, minimal engineering for a pilot application (100 systems) and eventually engineering for production.

The test/demonstration activity has to be made on the base of the pilot application since algorithms for the main functions are already available and need just to be integrate on the final platform.

The pilot application need to be performed in co-operation with an external partner, the customer,  which owns or makes available a significant fleet of vehicles.




1d. What is the time needed for testing?
As for the reasons explained at point 1c and provided the customer partnership,  the test activities are dependent on some development activities. In that case, the duration of the phase needed to reach the pilot application results is in the range of 1 year and a quarter. The hardware to be used in this phase should be similar to the final version except for some  components like cameras that shall be integrated in a later stage.


1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
The development activities, the hardware procurement, integration, installation needed to complete the pilot application have an estimated cost of about 50k€.



SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development



To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The development team may use COTS hardware to implement the algorithms necessary to perform the tests.

The engineering activities are strictly related to the final application and thus the team is looking forward to a partnership with a potential customer for the pilot application stage, and with an automotive industrial to finalize the design of the application form mass production.

The team can certainly develop the first “exploded” prototype and may support the pilot application setup (100 prototypes) with some outsourced activities. Any further activity has to be outsourced.

Depending on customer requirements, the company is open to consider a deeper involvement in the implementation of the system.



What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
Besides the engineering activities mentioned at point 2a, to obtain a good integration in the vehicle and a satisfactory field of view of the cameras, the development should be made in co-operation with automotive components manufacturers (e.g. for headlights).

This adds a technical effort to the commercial effort needed for that kind of operation.


What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
A mass production of a commercial product as the acquisition HW requires some optimization of the hardware to make it cost effective and usable in a real environment. That activities are likely to be outsourced to a third party. That activities should be performed by an engineering team.





Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
Even if algorithms are already available, product is in an very early stage of development.

To reach a good level of integration a part of the development  has to be made in co-operation with an industrial partner not yet found.

Furthermore, the implementation of a completely integrated product may require a commercial agreement with actors of the automotive scenario.

SECTION 3: Deployment


Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The research result is basically a set of algorithms to be used on a embedded processing unit able to perform video acquisition and storage. Thus, the solution requires some electronic equipments that may also be COTS.



  • technologies, tools, machineries
Commercial of the shelf (COTS) components in the category of electronic equipments are envisaged in the system. In case of integration in automotive components, some mechanical fixtures or enclosures may be needed for the deployment, the necessary parts are not predictable at the moment.




  • Staff effort
The effort is on two sides: electronic equipment production and mechanical assembly  and test. The development team need to rely on a third an industrial partner to build the final product.




SECTION 4: Overall Assessment



What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
In synthesis, provided a partnership with an industrial/commercial partner, the confidence about technical feasibility is fair since the remaining effort is mostly on integration of COTS some  activities to the final platforms. On the other end a big dependency on external entities has to be kept in evidence.







Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far X        
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team   X      
Current development stage X        
Overall technical feasibility     X    




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