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U.S. Department of Transportation to Host Webinar Series on the Fundamental Issues for Road Transport Automation

Matt Ball on July 8, 2015 - in Announcement, Corporate, Design/Engineering, Sensors, Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation is hosting a series of webinars on the key issues and opportunities facing automated vehicle and transportation systems.

Fundamental Issues for Road Transport Automationis the first in this series of webinars produced from the 2015 Automated Vehicles Symposium. This 90-minute webinar will explore the issues that need to be addressed to advance the deployment of automated road transport systems.

The webinar will identify the great diversity in road transport automation systems based on:

  1. System goals
  2. Roles for the driver and the automation system
  3. Levels of complexity in the environments where the vehicles must operate.

In addition, the webinar will review the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-market in road transport automation systems, seeking to separate reality from hype and identify the ways in which infrastructure could provide support for automation functionality.

This review will focus on the maturity of key enabling technologies for road transport automation, while identifying the technological challenges in a variety of fields such as:

  • Wireless communications
  • Localization
  • Human factors
  • Fault detection
  • Cybersecurity
  • Environment perception
  • Ethical considerations in computer control
  • Software safety.

The review will also discuss non-technical challenges in terms of:

  • Public policy
  • Legal issues
  • Certification and licensing
  • Public acceptance
  • Insurance
  • Impacts estimation.

The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the relative roles for the public and private sectors in developing and operating vehicle automation systems, considering private vehicles on public infrastructure and the potential for new business models to support the infrastructure development and operation.

The Fundamental Issues for Road Transport Automation webinar is based on a white paper prepared for the EU-US Symposium on Automated Vehicles.

To register for the webinar, visit: http://www.itsa.org/avs2015webinar.


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