IEEE Identify Driverless Cars As Most Viable Form of Intelligent Transportation, Dominating the Roadway by 2040

26 Sep

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Expert Members of IEEE Identify Driverless Cars As Most Viable Form of Intelligent Transportation, Dominating the Roadway by 2040 and Sparking Dramatic Changes In Vehicular Travel

5 September 2012 – Distinguished members of IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, have selected autonomous vehicles as the most promising form of intelligent transportation, anticipating that they will account for up to 75 percent of cars on the road by the year 2040.

“With any form of intelligent transportation, building the infrastructure to accommodate it is often the largest barrier to widespread adoption,” said Dr. Alberto Broggi, IEEE Senior Member and professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Parma in Italy. “Since we can use the existing networks of roadways, autonomous vehicles are advantageous for changing how the majority of the world will travel on a daily basis.” No stranger to autonomous vehicles, Broggi was the director of a 2010 project that enabled two driverless cars to successfully complete an 8,000-mile road trip, traveling from Parma to Shanghai.

The increased use of driverless cars will be the catalyst for transforming vehicular travel over the next 28 years, sparking dramatic changes in intersections, traffic flows, highways and even drivers’ licenses.

No Lights Ahead
Driverless cars operate through use of sophisticated, communicating sensors to ensure safe and efficient travel. Through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication there may be no need for traffic lights and stop signs when all of the cars on the road are driverless. “Intersections will be equipped with sensors, cameras and radars that can monitor and control traffic flow to help eliminate driver collisions and promote a more efficient flow of traffic. The cars will be operating automatically, thereby eliminating the need for traffic lights,” added Dr. Broggi.

This Lane is My Lane, That Lane is Your Lane

Highway travel would also change significantly with more autonomous vehicles on the road. Both autonomous and traditional vehicles would have their own designated lanes, which would help minimize traffic jams, increase efficiency and allow for faster speeds. “Through use of dedicated lanes on the highway, it will provide more streamlined flows of traffic, which will make the transportation with these vehicles more energy efficient,” said Dr. Azim Eskandarian, IEEE Member and Director of the Center for Intelligent Systems Research. “This new traffic flow, coupled with the increase of automated travel, will also enable cars to travel more safely while going faster and perhaps with closer gaps in between them, while platooning (or using autonomous features), specially at free-flow traffic.”

Broggi believes that, “speed limits of up to 100 miles/hour (160 km/hour) are absolutely possible by 2040.”

Calling All Cars
Autonomous vehicles will also make car sharing programs more prevalent. Autonomous vehicles will arrive, take you to your destination and then be ready for the next user. “Since cars today are parked for more than 90 percent of their lifetime, shared car services will promote more continuous movement, garner more efficient operation and use less gas,” explained Dr. Broggi.

Driverless vehicle sharing programs will also enable people of all ages and abilities to utilize these vehicles, thereby eliminating the need for having a driver’s license. “People do not need a license to sit on a train or a bus,” said Dr. Eskandarian. “In a full autonomy case in which no driver intervention will be allowed, the car will be operating autonomously, so there will not be any special requirements for drivers or occupants to use the vehicle as a form of transportation, but the vehicles will obviously need many more certifications and should meet new standards.”

Breaking Down the Barriers

Despite all of the benefits, driver and passenger acceptance are the largest barriers to widespread adoption of driverless cars. “Drivers and passengers are hesitant to believe in the technology enough to completely hand over total control,” said Jeffrey Miller, IEEE Member and Associate Professor in the Computer Systems Engineering department at University of Alaska Anchorage. “Car manufacturers have already started to incorporate automated features, including parallel parking assistance, automatic braking systems and drowsy driver protection, to help people slowly ease into utilizing driverless technologies. Over the next 28 years, use of more automated technologies will spark a snowball effect of acceptance and driverless vehicles will dominate the road.”

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GM Pedestrian Alert Detects Smartphone Signals

25 Sep

Wifi Direct allows some smartphones to communicate without cell phone towers, but thanks to new research by GM it might also keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.

By pairing the technology with in-car sensors, GM is developing a system to alert drivers of pedestrian whereabouts in poor visibility conditions.

“Wi-Fi Direct has the potential to become an integral part of the comprehensive driver assistance systems we offer on many of our Chevrolet, Cadillac,Buickand GMC vehicles,” GM research and development exec Nady Boules said.

The automaker plans to offer a free app that “frequent road users” like bike messengers construction workers could download as a safety measure.

“This new wireless capability could warn drivers about pedestrians who might be stepping into the roadway from behind a parked vehicle, or bicyclists who are riding in the car’s blind spot,” Boules said.

But anyone who has tried to pair wireless devices in the past knows how slow it can be. Given that, it seems like any safety advantage would be meaningless, but Donald Grimm, a GM senior researcher, says “Wi-Fi Direct’s fast connections offer a distinct advantage in vehicle applications.”

In fact, connecting through Wifi Direct takes about a second because it doesn’t rely on a wireless tower.


TRW exhibits high-tech safety systems for future cars

20 Sep


Williamston — With its driver deliberately ignoring the audible alarm and flashing red collision warning light, the Volkswagen Passat hurtled down the test track toward a test dummy.That’s when a sophisticated radar and video analysis system switched from passive to proactive, slamming on the VW’s brakes and stopping inches from the test dummy’s blue jean-clad knees. It was just one of many demonstrations at TRW Automotive’s North American Test Track of new technologies being offered now or coming soon to new vehicles. They include: New traction-control systems that, in this case, kept cars straight as they drove across a water-soaked ceramic tile skid pad, created to replicate sheer ice. A soon-to-be-installed device that uses a dew-point sensor to activate defrosters before windows fog. A future product that allows text messages to be scrawled with a thumb on a steering-wheel touch pad. A computer voice or a text projected onto the windshield verifies the message while the driver’s hands remain on the wheel and eyes stay on the road. “The last 10 years was the era of passive safety. The next 10 will be the era of active safety,” said Peter Lake, executive vice president of sales and business development of the Livonia-based automotive systems developer and supplier to manufacturers. Much of the new technology in today’s cars is developed in cooperation with the big carmakers by original equipment manufacturers like TRW. “The manufacturers are the super-system integrators. They understand the whole platform, but these individual systems are often the work of suppliers,” said Dan Milot, chief engineer for TRW advanced control systems. As carmakers seek to build one model to fit all global markets, U.S. government regulations are only part of the car design equation. Asian and increasingly safety-minded European government regulations are changing the look and function of U.S. cars.
Blunt noses and high hoods are a direct result of European standards aimed at protecting pedestrians. Half of all European traffic fatalities are pedestrians. A high bumper reduces leg injuries. A high hood with clearance
over the engine provides a crushable cushion. The next step was on display, an airbag for outside the car, protecting pedestrians from the windshield’s hard leading edge and frame.
Achieving top-level government safety ratings will require an increasing number of safety devices. Fortunately, many technologies have been around for years, and each new generation of development has led to production efficiencies and lower costs. “It wasn’t long ago that ABS (antilock brake systems) were like 10 times the cost they are today,” Lake said. Antilock brake systems are now an integral part of vehicle safety through traction and stability control programs that correct handling, steering and braking issues before drivers even sense anything has gone wrong.

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Lane Departure Systems

19 Sep

Like Blind Spot Systems, there is chatter on the net that Lane Departure Systems will also start to make their way in to the aftermarket. Do you think there is interest for this? Drop us a comment and let us know your thoughts. Is the consumer looking for these?

Electrostatic Field Detection Systems for Commercial Vehicles

19 Sep

Did you know, that Electrostatic Field Detection Systems are growing in popularity? Don’t know what it is? Electrostatic Field Detection Systems are small devices with antenna systems which are mounted inside or on top of commercial vehicles, mostly in the construction or service fields. These small, powerful devices can detect electrical fields overhead, generated by powerlines which pose threats and dangers to commercial trucks with lift and ladder systems. This year in Canada alone, 2 service workers were killed when their vehicles made contact with powerlines at construction sites.

Avoid this danger by investing in to EFDS devices for your employees. ASE makes well-known types commonly being used.

Aftermarket Auto Safety makes it debut!

18 Sep

Aftermarket Auto Safety is the first and only source for Automotive Safety products aimed for the aftermarket installation market. Never before have safety products been used in aftermarket, but with the advent of technologies; more and more products are making their way in to the aftermarket.

Not sure what products are falling in to this newly defined market? How about the new aftermarket Blind Spot Detection system from GOSHERS? Other devices making way in to the market are Lane Departure Systems and camera systems which give 360 degree views of the vehicle and surroundings.

Do you know of a product or company? Submit it to us for review and a posting here on the site.