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2014 MATC Spring Webinar Series

Dr. Chris Schwarz
Associate Research Engineer
National Advanced Driving Simulator
University of Iowa

Towards Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, March 28th, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Abstract:  We are moving towards an age of autonomous vehicles. Cycles of innovation initiated in the public and private sectors have led into another since 1990s; and out of these efforts have sprung a variety of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and several functioning autonomous vehicles. The challenges that face autonomous vehicle are still significant. There is still technical work to be done to make sensors, algorithms, control schemes, and intelligence more effective and more reliable. As automation in vehicles legal; and who is liable if one crashes? Finally, how might the wide adoption of autonomous vehicles affect society at large? It is hoped that when they appear, they will bring with them the promised benefits of safety, mobility, efficiency, and societal change.

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