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Editorial

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Editorial Director-Bill Visnic
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Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

After digesting some of the fascinating insights from surveys taken of automated-vehicle test riders - most of them first-timers - who participated in SAE International's Demo Days program (see pg. 31), you've got to conclude that the only thing predictable about the new-mobility landscape is its unpredictability.

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The Road to Automobility

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Lawrence D. Burns
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_03
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

The era of electrified, self-driving vehicles is upon us. Engineers are key to the transformation - with much hard work still to be done.

In 1911, eight years after the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane, French general Ferdinand Foch dismissed the new technology. “Airplanes are interesting scientific toys,” he scoffed, “but they are of no military value.” World War I and the wave of aeronautical progress it triggered would prove Foch wrong. Today, automobility is the subject of a “hype or ripe” debate similar in spirit to what the airplane experienced in its nascent years.

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Mapping Canada - Centimeter by Centimeter

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Sebastian Blanco
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_05
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

A Montreal-based company leverages artificial intelligence to take on the task of developing high-definition maps of Canada.

Fully-automated vehicles will only be as smart as the datasets they use to determine their driving pathways. Jakarto Cartographie 3D, a young company based in Montreal, Canada, is working on artificial-intelligence (AI)-powered, high-definition (HD) maps that it claims offer 2-3 cm (.787- to 1.2-inch) absolute precision and relative precision measured in millimeters. In other words, better maps that will allow for better automated vehicles (AVs).

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3D Sonar Sees Objects Overlooked by Costlier Sensors

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Bradley Berman
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_07
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

A dream of robotic fish inspires inexpensive automated-driving sensing technology that works for the critical areas close to the vehicle.

Alexander Rudoy was spending almost every hour of his free time developing a robotic toy fish that could sense its underwater surroundings. At that time a decade ago, he was studying electromechanical engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, where he earned a Masters degree in 2015. Rudoy never finished his robo-guppy, but even before graduating, he founded Toposens, a company that now utilizes the guppy's underlying close-distance ultrasound technology for a wide range of vital automated-vehicle operations.

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The AV Industry Searches for a Near-Term Business Case

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Bradley Berman
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_09
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

The TechCrunch Sessions at San Jose's Mobility 2019 conference advance the dialogue for real-world business cases for AVs.

An impressive lineup of the world's leading autonomous vehicle (AV) companies gathered in San Jose for the TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility 2019 conference. Technologists, executives and transportation experts took to the stage of the California Theater, a beautifully restored 1920s-era motion-picture house. The venue has a long legacy of presenting fantastical movies, operas, and vaudeville shows. However, the day-long, back-to-back 20-minute conversations on stage struck a note of hyper-realism.

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The Navigator

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Sam Abuelsamid
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Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” When I was learning to drive, like many teens, I struggled with some of the more mundane tasks such as parallel parking. In recent years though, technological advances have made even that seem magical at times.

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Far and Away: Remote Drivers Monitor Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Terry Costlow
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_04
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Remote operators are helping autonomous shuttles and other AVs navigate through complex situations.

Eliminating the safety “watchdogs” who typically ride in autonomous vehicles (AVs) is a big step for technologists and legislators alike. A shuttle at Texas A&M University is among the first on public streets to replace these drivers with a remote operator who monitors vehicle behavior from an operations center.

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You've Lost That Queasy Feeling…

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Stuart Birch, Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_06
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Transcontinental research aims to understand the complexities of motion sickness to help improve the automated-vehicle experience.

As concerns mount regarding how occupants of automated vehicles (AVs) will react to being detached from the actual driving experience, researchers are trying to better understand how and why humans are affected by motion sickness. Aided by sophisticated tools and measuring apparatus, multinational research efforts are quantifying the causes of motion sickness - while grappling with the intensely individual nature of the problem.

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Familiarity Breeds Respect

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_08
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

SAE surveyed participants in its recently concluded AV ride-along program. Their responses reinforce positive perceptions about the automated-driving experience.

If there's one takeaway from SAE International's groundbreaking Demo Days program that took place in various U.S. cities over 18 months, it's that everyday people who've had the opportunity to ride in an automated vehicle (AV) on real roads are the antithesis of Chaucer's familiar phrase, “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

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Dial ‘M’ for Mobility: When Your Phone Becomes the Steering Wheel

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Jennifer Dukarski
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_10
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Tesla's controversial new Smart Summon feature raises plenty of legal-liability and regulatory questions.

Those with a passion for automated-vehicle innovations found much to entertain them on YouTube and Twitter during late September and early October this year. The big attraction was videos from Tesla owners, detractors and supporters showcasing the company's newest driver-assistance feature, called Smart Summon. Issued in an over-the-air software update, version 10.0, Smart Summon allows the owner to remotely pilot a parked vehicle to their location with the power of their finger.

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