The Future of the Automobile - Winter 2014/2015

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Driver Assistance and Automated Driving

This quarter, the seminar will specifically focus on "Driver Assistance and Automated Driving", which spans a bandwidth of solutions that help drivers to maneuver their vehicles through traffic. The respective vehicle systems range from navigation, adaptive cruise control, night vision, and lane departure warning to automated parking, traffic jam assistance, and eventually self-driving cars. With this breadth of applications, advanced driver assistance systems play an important role in making traffic safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable.

This course, lectured by an industry expert, will introduce students to the technology behind the systems, the benefits, challenges, and future perspectives of this exciting field. At the end of the quarter, students will have developed a technical understanding as well as an understanding for the interactions of the technology, business, and society with a specific automotive focus.


Jan Becker
Mondays, 2:15 - 3:30PM
Y2E2 (map)
Advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students
1 unit, S/NC, based on individual input to the course, 5-sessions attendance minimum (8 sessions total).
For satisfactory, students needs to participate in a group project and present their findings in class. (see assignment below).

Details to be announced

Jan 5 1. Introduction to Driver Assistance: Overview, Motivation and Categorization, Introduction of Assignment
Jan 12 2. Vehicle Dynamics Control
Jan 19 MLK day, no class
Jan 26 3. Driver Assistance Technology
Feb 2 4. Automated Driving Applications
Feb 9 5. Automated Driving Technology
Feb 16 President’s day: no lecture
Feb 23 6. Non-Technical Topics: Innovation, Business, Legal, Ethics
Mar 2 7. Presentation of group work “Future Mobility Solutions” (I)
Mar 9 8. Presentation of group work “Future Mobility Solutions” (II)

Driver Assistance and Automated Driving
Advanced driver assistance systems, Wikipedia
SAE Levels of Driving Automation, Bryant Walker Smith, Stanford Law School, 12/18/13
Ford Gives a Demo of Its Model T of Driverless Cars, MIT Technology Review, 12/12/13
Computer driven cars will convulse the automotive industry, The Detroit News, 11/30/13
You Won’t Recognize the First Automated Vehicles, MIT Technology Review - 10/ 22, 2013
A Peek Under the Hood at the Brains of Self-Driving Cars, The Wall Street Journal, 9/4/13
Singapore to try out driverless shuttle on public roads, gizmag, 8/16/13
Toward Fully Automated Driving, Jan Becker, Robert Bosch LLC, 7/17/13
Disruptions: How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities, The New York Times, 7/7/13
Mercedes is perfecting the autopilot, CNN Money, 5/23/13
Google’s Driverless Cars Get Boost as California Mimics Nevada, Bloomberg, 3/1/12
How Google's Self-Driving Car Works, IEEE Spectrum, 10/18/11

General 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

Office Hrs
After class and upon request
Jan Becker,