Everybody talks about it: autonomous driving. How far are we really? Today, cars with driver assistance systems supporting the driver and cars with partly automated driving functions have become standard but we still do not have fully self-driving cars available for purchase. We still need to deal with a number of issues such as determining driver assistance systems and full automation tasks, creating lane marking that are machine-readable, lack of communication systems needed to connect cars, traffic laws to regulate self-driving vehicles and what about defining the driver’s new role. How do we design vehicles in such a way that they will add value to human beings and society? When will we see the first driverless cars in urban areas and what are the next steps? This online debate will not only give you updates on current developments on autonomous driving and it will give you the opportunity to take part in the discussion and ask the experts in the field.
Carlo van de Weijer - Moderator
As General Manager of the Eindhoven AI Systems Institute at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Carlo van de Weijer focuses on bringing the potential benefits of AI to the foreground. Carlo van de Weijer (1966) has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the TU Eindhoven and a PhD degree with honors from TU in Graz. He carries a broad experience in the automotive industry with a.o. executive positions at Siemens and TomTom. Currently he is managing director of the newly founded Eindhoven AI System Institute EAISI at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Marieke Martens - Eindhoven University
How do we create seamless human-centred automation? Where human error has often been named one of the key drivers of developing automated driving, current challenges of automated driving are more related to the human factor. Marieke Martens our panel expert will therefore touch upon essential questions like: Do drivers still understand their vehicle? Do other road users know how to interact with automated vehicles? And will society as a whole accept automated vehicles if accidents cannot be ruled out, including ethical questions? How can we form and shape this automation transition by taking Human Factors expertise into account?
Richard Bishop - Bishop Consulting
How and where will services based on self-driving vehicles on public roads scale up?Developing driverless cars and trucks has been a shared dream for traditional OEMs and for newer companies like Google, Apple, Tesla, Uber, and Lyft. In the U.S., early deployment at small scale is already happening for robo-taxis (Waymo) and expected by 2024 for trucking. The business case is strong in general, and use cases of lesser complexity exist to spur initial services with favorable ROI. The regulatory environment, which differs in many ways between the U.S. and Europe, is key to pacing of robust deployment. Ubiquitous deployment will take time. Richard Bishop will explain why we still need to solve many ‘edge-cases’ before driverless vehicles serve our everyday freight and mobility needs.
Rik Nuyttens - 3M
Is our road infrastructure ready for automated traffic? Automated vehicles will only reach their full potential when connected to the road infrastructure. This requires a fundamental shift from a driver dependent vehicle to a vehicle relying on the physical and digital infrastructure and acting perceptive to other road users. To ensure safe and efficient traffic with automated and non-automated cars, our road infrastructure will have to adapt. Fundamental logic of traffic signs and road markings are forming global minimum standards and need to be understood by CAVs. Rik Nuyttens will share numerous infrastructural developments such as retooling lane markings to be better machine-readable and more reflective road signs.
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