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Senior Research Scientist Robotics Institute
CMU is part of a consortium that won a major award from the Department of Transportation to build a prototype Automated Highway System (AHS). The AHS will allow specially-equipped cars, trucks, and buses to operate autonomously on specially-equipped highway lanes. The goals are to increase safety, and decrease congestion, without having to build more miles of highways.
The technical challenges include: sensors (radar, laser, video); control (very close vehicle spacing); communications (vehicle-to-vehicle and -to-infrastructure); reliable computing; and system control (coordinating merging, lane changes, etc.). The non-technical challenges are just as large: land use; equity; deployment; liability; and environmental impact.
The project is just underway. This talk will focus less on results, and more on the plans, the potential systems, and the required work.