Automated & Connected

Introduction to Highly Automated Vehicles

February 25-26, 2019 Washington, District of Columbia, United States SAE International Classroom Seminar

Every year, the U.S. experiences more than 32,000 traffic deaths and over 3.8 million crash injuries. While the trend in traffic deaths has been downward for the past decade, most of this reduction has been the result of optimizing passive occupant crash protection systems such as seatbelts and airbags. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) now offer the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate most vehicle crashes by perceiving a dangerous situation before the crash has occurred and taking action to avoid or mitigate the crash.

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the technologies enabling advanced driver assistance systems and how they integrate with existing passive occupant crash protection systems. You will learn how ADAS functions perceive the world, make decisions, and either warn drivers or actively intervene in controlling the vehicle to avoid or mitigate crashes. Examples of current and future ADAS functions, various sensors utilized in ADAS, including their operation and limitations, and sample algorithms, will be discussed and demonstrated. The course utilizes a combination of hands-on activities, including computer simulations, discussion and lecture.

Please note that some offerings of this seminar include a virtual training option for you to attend the seminar from the comfort of your office or home. The MicroTek Virtual Training Room is part of our Next Generation Classroom solution suite. Virtual Training Room combines the learning benefits of live, instructor-led training with the power and flexibility of a virtual platform. The result is an equal learning environment where remote participants experience the same collaboration, instructor interaction and learning benefits as those who are physically in the classroom. Virtual Training Room technology allows all students to:

  • See and hear everything that is taking place in the live classroom
  • Raise their hands and ask questions
  • View and interact with course content (presentations, videos, whiteboard notes and more)
  • Allows for real-time collaboration

Simply register for the Live Online option to your right and you'll receive all of the details necessary to be a virtual learner

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Explain the SAE Levels of Automation and where different ADAS functions fit in the hierarchy
  • Explain the ADAS functions and articulate their limitations
  • Identify different sensors used in advanced driver assistance systems, how they operate, and their limitations
  • Analyze how different sensors can be combined to improve overall system performance
  • Describe the current and future methodologies used in developing ADAS algorithms
  • Articulate how ROC curves, DOE and Monte Carlo techniques can be used to measure and improve algorithm performance
  • Critically examine the proposed federal rules and validation methods for advanced driver assistance systems
  • Analyze how active safety systems may affect the performance of existing passive occupant safety systems and how integration of the systems might be accomplished
  • Describe liability and policy considerations for OEM's and Tier suppliers

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all professionals - technical or managerial - who are involved either directly or indirectly with vehicle safety performance. Professionals in legal and regulatory and compliance areas concerned with proposed NHTSA rulemaking, and insurance industry analysts developing coverage standards for vehicles with active safety technologies will also find this course useful.


An engineering undergraduate degree in any discipline would be beneficial.