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Introduction to Highly Automated Vehicles C1603

Every year, the U.S. experiences more than 32,000 traffic deaths and over 3.8 million crash injuries. While the trend in traffic deaths has been downward for the past decade, most of this reduction has been the result of optimizing passive occupant crash protection systems such as seatbelts and airbags. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) now offer the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate most vehicle crashes by perceiving a dangerous situation before the crash has occurred and taking action to avoid or mitigate the crash.

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the technologies enabling advanced driver assistance systems and how they integrate with existing passive occupant crash protection systems. You will learn how ADAS functions perceive the world, make decisions, and either warn drivers or actively intervene in controlling the vehicle to avoid or mitigate crashes. Examples of current and future ADAS functions, various sensors utilized in ADAS, including their operation and limitations, and sample algorithms, will be discussed and demonstrated. The course utilizes a combination of hands-on activities, including computer simulations, discussion and lecture.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Explain the SAE Levels of Automation and where different ADAS functions fit in the hierarchy
  • Explain the ADAS functions and articulate their limitations
  • Identify different sensors used in advanced driver assistance systems, how they operate, and their limitations
  • Analyze how different sensors can be combined to improve overall system performance
  • Describe the current and future methodologies used in developing ADAS algorithms
  • Articulate how ROC curves, DOE and Monte Carlo techniques can be used to measure and improve algorithm performance
  • Critically examine the proposed federal rules and validation methods for advanced driver assistance systems
  • Analyze how active safety systems may affect the performance of existing passive occupant safety systems and how integration of the systems might be accomplished
  • Describe liability and policy considerations for OEM's and Tier suppliers

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for all professionals - technical or managerial - who are involved either directly or indirectly with vehicle safety performance. Professionals in legal and regulatory and compliance areas concerned with proposed NHTSA rulemaking, and insurance industry analysts developing coverage standards for vehicles with active safety technologies will also find this course useful.

An engineering undergraduate degree in any discipline would be beneficial.
  • The Role of Vehicle Automation in Reducing Traffic Fatalities
    • Passive safety highly optimized
    • Recent increase in vehicle crash rates
  • Three Main Functions Provided by Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs)
    • Increase situational awareness
    • Provide proactive driver warnings
    • Intervene to prevent / mitigate crashes where driver response is late or non- existent (distracted driver)
  • Sensors Used in Highly Automated Vehicles
  • Current Development Efforts and Market Leaders
  • Levels of Automation
    • BASt
    • NHTSA
    • SAE (Prior to September 2016)
    • SAE (September 2016 Operational Driving Domain revision)
    • Comparison of the Three Versions
    • Level 3 Handoff Problem
  • Operation / Functionality of Various HAV Capabilities
    • Blind spot warning
    • Backup assist / cross traffic warning
    • Lane departure warning
    • Lane keep assist
    • Cruise control
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Cooperative adaptive cruise control
    • Forward collision warning
    • Automatic emergency braking
    • Pedestrian detection
    • Collision imminent steering
    • Do not pass warning
    • Left turn assist
    • Intersection movement assist
    • Emergency electronic brake light
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Traffic jam assist
    • Auto park / park assist
    • Platooning
  • SAE Level of Automation Corresponding to Each Application
  • Advantages and Limitations of Each Capability
  • Sensor(s) used in Each Capability
  • Technology Spread and Effects on Insurance Claims
  • Sensors: Active and Passive
  • Operating Principles, Performance, Advantages and Limitations of Various Sensors Used in HAV Capabilities
    • GPS
    • IMU
    • Gyros
    • Cameras - monocular, stereo, monochrome (grayscale), color, CCD, CMOS
    • Ultrasonic
    • Radar
    • Lidar
    • Leddar
    • Matrix TOF camera
    • DSRC
  • Sensor Recalls
  • Sensor Fault Detection and Diagnostics
  • ECU Consolidation
  • Algorithms
    • Types (classifications) of Algorithms
    • Algorithm Examples - Haversine, Kalman filter, particle filter, neural net, SLAM
    • Using ROC Analysis to Measure Algorithm Performance
  • Testing Processes Used in the Development of HAV Systems
  • Statistics Driving Vehicle Testing
  • Why Software Can Never by "Fully" Tested
  • Different Testing Approaches, and Their Strengths and Weaknesses
    • White box
    • Black box
    • Grey box
    • Unit
    • Integration
    • Interface
    • System
    • Static code analysis
    • Formal methods
    • Dynamic code testing
    • SiL (Software in the loop) - Monte Carlo, DOE
    • Sensor characterization
    • HiL (Hardware in the loop) - Driving simulators, HiL Radar target simulation
    • Soft targets
    • Closed track testing - IIHS, Virginia smart road, MCity, AstaZero, Fort Monmouth, VeHIL
    • On-road testing - states, federal, international
  • Testing Requirements That Must be Met Before a Vehicle Can be Tested On-road
  • Basic Network Architecture of a Modern Vehicle
    • ECU"s
    • Communication busses - CAN, FlexRay, LIN
  • Probable Attack Surfaces and Their Vulnerabilities
    • Remote anti-theft system (Key fob)
    • TPMS
    • Remote keyless entry / start
    • Bluetooth
    • Radio data system
    • Telematics / Cellular / WiFi
  • OBD II Vulnerabilities
  • Possible Defenses Against Attacks
    • Minimize attack surfaces
    • CAN message injection mitigation
    • CAN message cryptography
    • Vehicle network architecture changes
    • Clock based intrusion detection
  • NHTSA October 2016 Best Practices Guidance
  • Ethical Challenges and Human Behaviors
  • Differences Between Human and Autonomous Crash Decision Making
  • Rational Decision-making Approaches; Deontology and Consequentialism
  • Artificial Intelligence Approach - Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Differences Between Negligence, No Fault Liability and Strict Liability Theories
    • Case Study - Tesla Crash and How Liability was Determined
  • Regulations
  • States Permitting On-Road Testing
  • Testing Requirements
  • Current Federal Regulations and Their Application to Active Safety Technologies
    • FMVSS
  • Analysis of Ongoing Rulemaking Activities and Research and Their Applicability to Active Safety Technologies
    • NHTSA "Policy on Automated Vehicle Development" May 2013
    • NHTSA "Policy on Automated Vehicle Development" update January 2016
    • NHTSA - Letters of interpretation
    • NHTSA Advance notice of proposed rulemaking August 2014 (FMVSS 150)
    • SPY Car Act of 2015
    • NHTSA - Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, September 20, 2016
  • Federal Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning Tests
  • IIHS Automatic Emergency Braking Tests
  • HAV Implications for Passive Safety (Integrated Safety)
  • HAV Public / Industry Misconceptions
  • Vehicle Design / Use Changes

Registration for the web seminar (live, online) is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. The fee includes one connection to WebEx training center, using a PC with internet access and VoIP or a telephone,* and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center for presentations, supplemental materials, assignments, and learning assessment. To enjoy a more personalized experience, use of a webcam is encouraged.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or VoIP. 

Although WebEx will automatically launch when you join the web seminar, you are encouraged to test your setup in advance of the course start date. Click here, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Jeffery Blackburn

Rev Jeff Blackburn Jeff Blackburn is the VP of Sales for Dataspeed, Inc., the AV industry’s largest supplier of by-wire research vehicles. Prior to joining Dataspeed, he was one of the founders of Metamoto, a Silicon Valley startup developing scalable cloud based simulation for the HAV market. Jeff was the North American Automated vehicle subject matter expert for Tass/Siemens, and has also held engineering positions with National Instruments, FANUC Robotics and Rockwell Automation. He has organized and presented at numerous technical forums, and holds a BS in Engineering and, a JD from the University of Akron.

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Fees: $1415.00
SAE Members: $1274.00 - $1274.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 2 Days
September 29-30, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
December 7-8, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Oxnard, California

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