Driverless Cars — The Evolution of the Revolution
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The concept of a driverless car has been around almost as long as the car itself. Research in this area was continuous through the years, but relatively low-scale. Research picked up in the 1970s, with machine vision technology, and leapt ahead in the 1990s with the advent of GPS, radar, and lidar. This presentation will cover work on driverless vehicles from the 1950s through today, and will include a current status report and a tutorial on how driverless cars “work.” The program will conclude with a discussion of what’s next for driverless cars – and their passengers.
Craig Shankwitz is a Senior Research Scientist at Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering in the area of control theory, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Before coming to MSU, he worked as a principal research and development engineer for MTS Corporation and as Director of the University of Minnesota Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory.