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The Safety of Self-Driving Vehicles - New SAE International Book Explores Research and Development of Autonomous Vehicles

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 26, 2013 - Self-driving cars are no longer in the realm of science fiction, thanks to the integration of numerous automotive technologies that have matured over many years. A new book from SAE International, “Autonomous Vehicles for Safer Driving,” covers the current state of autonomous vehicle research and development as well as obstacles to overcome and a possible roadmap for major new technology developments and collaborative relationships.

Technologies such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and V2V/V2I communications are being merged into one complex system. The papers in this compendium were carefully selected by author Ronald K. Jurgen to bring the reader up to date on successful demonstrations of autonomous vehicles, ongoing projects, and what the future may hold for this technology. It is divided into three sections: overview, major design and test collaborations, and a sampling of autonomous vehicle research projects.

The section on major design and test collaborations covers Sartre, DARPA contests, and the USDOT and the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership-Vehicle Safety Communications (CAMP-VSC2) Consortium. The final section presents seven SAE International papers on significant recent and ongoing research by individual companies on a variety of approaches to autonomous vehicles.

After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.E.E., Jurgen held various technical magazine editorial staff positions, including 30 years with IEEE Spectrum.  Now retired, he is the editor of the “Automotive Electronics Handbook” and the “Digital Consumer Electronics Handbook,” and assistant editor of the “Electronics Engineers’ Handbook, Fourth Edition.”  He is also the editor of more than a dozen SAE International books on automotive electronics.

Book Details:

- Published By: SAE International
- Published: May 2013
- Pages: 140
- Binding: Softbound
- Product Code: PT-158
- ISBN: 978-0-7680-7993-7
- Price: $109.95 List, $88.00-$99.00 SAE International Member (Pre-order Now and Save 10%)

To request an electronic review copy of the book, email  Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

Related titles from SAE International include:

- “V2V/V2I Communications for Improved Road Safety and Efficiency” by: Ronald K. Jurgen

- “Occupant Protection and Automobile Safety in the U.S. since 1900” by: Roger F. Wells

- “Active Safety and Connectivity in the Mobility Industry” by: Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr.

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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