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Autonomous Automobiles - On the Road to Reality

Date: 08/21/2013, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Speaker: Professor Raj Rajkumar, George Westinghouse Professor
Organization: Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
OST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT)


Professor Raj RajkumarResearchers at Carnegie Mellon have been building autonomous vehicles since the mid-1980s, culminating in the winning entry at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge which required driverless vehicles to ply 60 miles in less than 6 hours in urban-like conditions. These multiple generations of autonomous platforms, however, were designed to function only in limited operating scenarios and also looked like prototypes – both of which are significant barriers to popular adoption.   Now, working closely with General Motors, and with additional support from the US Department of Transportation and the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Mellon team has created a normal-looking autonomous vehicle that boasts a broad set of capabilities including vehicular communications.  This talk will present a status report and summarize challenges to be addressed.

Sponsored by: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, University Transportation Centers Program

DISCLAIMER: The views of the presenter do not reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Last updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017