ARGO Prototype Vehicle

This chapter presents the experience of the ARGO Project. It started in 1996 at the University of Parma, based on the previous experience within the European PROMETHEUS Project.

In 1997 the ARGO prototype vehicle was set up with sensors and actuators, and the first version of the GOLD software system --able to locate one lane marking and generic obstacles on the vehicle's path-- was installed.

In June 1998 the vehicle underwent a major test (the MilleMiglia in Automatico a 2000 km tour on Italian highways) in order to test the complete equipment. The analysis of this test allowed to improve the system.

Moreover, the chapter presents the current implementation of the GOLD system, featured by enhanced Lane Detection abilities and extended Obstacle Detection abilities, such as the detection of leading vehicles and pedestrians.