The Future of the Automobile
- Autumn 2014/2015 -

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Trends and Challenges in Personal Mobility

The objective of this course is to develop an understanding for the requirements that go into the design of a highly complex yet easy-to-use product, i.e. the automobile. Students will learn about very different interdisciplinary aspects that characterize the automobile and personal mobility. This is the first part of a 3-quarter seminar series, which build on one another but can be taken independently.

This quarter, the seminar will discuss general aspects of the automobile and personal mobility. In the first two sessions, students will learn about different aspects of the automobile and understand key characteristics and conflicts. Primary trends such as electrification, automation, communication, and commoditization will be discussed. Then throughout the main part of the quarter, guest speakers from academia and industry will share their vision regarding the future of the automobile and how design challenges are addressed within their respective organizations.

At the end of the quarter, students will have developed a broader understanding of the intertwined technology - environmental - human - business - legal aspects that will shape the future of the automobile.

Sven Beiker
Tuesdays, 2:15 - 3:30PM
McCullough, Room 115 (map)
Advanced undergrad or beginning grads
1 unit, S/NC, based on individual input to the course, 70% attendance minimum
For satisfactory, students needs to submit paper or presentation to be used in the seminar (see below).
"Different Views Regarding the Future of Personal Mobility"
Due: Nov 21, 12pm | individual paper or group presentation
download assignment here
Schedule (prelim.)
Sep 23 Future of Personal Mobility - Where are we going from here? (Beiker)
Sep 30 The Automotive Industry - Where do the cars come from? (Beiker)
Oct 7 Preparation for Guest Lectures 1 & 2 (Beiker)
Oct 14 Guest Lecture 1: Future Mobility Trends (I. Ollivier, Nissan)
Oct 21 Guest Lecture 2: Applications and Challenges for In-Vehicle Augmented Reality
Further details and videos:
(A. Klotz, Continental)
Oct 28 Debrief of Guest Lectures 1 & 2, Preparation for Guest Lecture 3 (Beiker)
Nov 4 Guest Lecture 3: The Digital Driving Experience - The 4th screen in your life
(Thorsten Hayer, Tesla Motors)
Nov 11 Debrief of Guest Lecture 3, Preparation for Guest Lecture 4 (Beiker)
Nov 18 Guest Lecture 4: The Corvette - The ultimate American sports car (GM)
Dec 2 Debrief of Guest Lecture 4, Summary of Class (Beiker)
Further Reading

Automobile and Industry
American Auto Sales Seen at Annual 16 Million With Profit, Businesweek, 9/19/13
The future of cars - Gloom and boom, The Economist, 4/20/13
The future of the car - Clean, safe and it drives itself, The Economist, 4203/13
After hiring lull, auto industry battling Silicon Valley for best college engineering talent, The Detroit Free Press, 9/21/12

Automated Driving
Race is on as automakers embrace self-driving cars, The Detroit News, 9/12/13
A Peek Under the Hood at the Brains of Self-Driving Cars, The Wall Street Journal, 9/4/13
Disruptions: How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities, The New York Times, 7/7/13
Google’s Driverless Cars Get Boost as California Mimics Nevada, Bloomberg, 3/1/12

Electric Mobility
5 Cities Buy More Than Half of All Electric Vehicles in U.S., Wired, 8/19/13
Unclean at Any Speed, IEEE Spectrum, 6/30/13
6 trends that will drive electric vehicle adoption in 2013, ZDNet, 12/27/13
Why Electric Cars Are Our Future
, The Huffington Post, 10/1/12

Connected Mobility
To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look To Smartphones, NPR, 8/29/13
U.S. extends connected vehicle pilot program in Ann Arbor, The Detroit News, 8/28/13
How 4G Will Change the Way We Drive, PC World, 12/26/11
The Car Dashboard That Wants to Be an iPad, The Wall Street Journal, 12/14/11

Mobile Society
Car sharing users to pass 12 million by 2020, Automotive News, 9/16/2013
Has Growth in Automobile Use Ended?, RITA, 8/8/13
Why aren’t younger Americans driving anymore?, The Washington Post, 4/22/13
A New Direction - Our Changing Relationship with Driving..., Frontier Group, 2013

Racing Synergies
Top 10 Everyday Car Technologies That Came From Racing
, How Stuff Works, 4/8/2008
Safety Improvements, Changes Define Racing Eras, NASCAR, 2/16/2011
Does Racing Really Yield Benefits To Production Cars, Motor Authority, 6/13/2013
The Future of Motorsport, Racecar Engineering, 6/11/2011

Aircraft Synergies
Synergies in Power Electronics Aerospace and Automotive..., MOET Project Consortium, 2009
Synergies between automotive and aircraft development, Automotive Engineering, 12/11/2008
Automotive and Aerospace Electronics, EADS, 2011
Drive-By-Wire Is Here To Stay, electronic design, 4/29/2010
Airplanes, Cars - What's the Difference?, Plane & Pilot, 4/1/2008
Top 10 Differences Between Driving and Flying..., Aviation Queen, 3/19/2012

Office Hrs
After class and upon request
Sven Beiker, Bldg 550 / Rm 131,, 736-1504