ADAS Application: Automatic Emergency Braking C1704

Active Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are now being introduced to the marketplace as they serve as key enablers for anticipated autonomous driving systems. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is one ADAS application which is either in the marketplace presently or under development as nearly all automakers have pledged to offer this technology by the year 2022. This one-day course is designed to provide an overview of the typical ADAS AEB system from multiple perspectives. A technical overview of the development cycle processes specific to AEB, including system level requirements and design architecture will be presented as well as design considerations for AEB from a functional safety (ISO‐26262) perspective. A general overview of algorithm concepts for the various AEB subsystems will be demonstrated followed by a review of AEB system test and validation methods. Finally, discussion is facilitated toward understanding customer perception and acceptance of AEB at present. The participant should obtain a fundamental understanding of design principles and functional composition for a typical AEB system.
Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe AEB features / functionality as provided by most OEMs, including the capabilities and limitations of typical AEB systems
  • Identify key principles of vehicle dynamics and system engineering disciplines which are integral to AEB system development
  • Describe the general activities required for driving and braking tasks and comment on how these form the bases for AEB system requirements
  • Identify AEB system architectures and subsystem composition and describe the function and purpose of each subcomponent
  • Identify functional safety (ISO 26262) implications specific to AEB including review of basic hazard and risk analysis examples
  • Explain algorithm concepts and functions for each of the AEB subsystems
  • Critically examine various methods and levels of testing specific to AEB
  • Describe the current state of AEB development from a consumer perspective

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and managers within related professions who are looking for an in-depth technical overview of Automatic Emergency Braking systems.


This course can be viewed as a subsequent application of material introduced in either SAE course C1603 - Introduction to Highly Automated Vehicles or C0315 - Introduction to Brake Control Systems. Either course would be an optional suggested prerequisite, however, an engineering background or specific interest in ADAS topics is most important.

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

  • Automatic Emergency Braking Overview
    • History: active safety origins
    • Key enablers for Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • AEB level of automation
    • AEB features and marketed benefits
  • Primer: Basic Engineering Fundamentals
    • Vehicle dynamics
    • Wheel dynamics
    • System engineering requirements flow down
  • AEB System Requirements
    • Basic driving tasks
    • Basic braking tasks
    • General system requirements
    • Refined system requirements
  • AEB System Architecture and Decomposition
    • Functional architecture - sensing systems, warning systems, actuation systems
    • AEB operation modes
    • Physical architecture - sensors, adaptive cruise control (ACC), body control module (BCM), and electronic stability control (ESC) ECUs
  • AEB System Design: Safety
    • ISO 26262 framework
    • Hazard analysis and risk assessment exercise
    • AEB safety goals and requirements
    • Safety of the intended function (SOTIF) considerations
  • AEB System Design: Performance Objectives
    • Sensing technology and implementation
    • Computational objectives: AEB ECU computing platforms
    • Human Machine Interface (HMI) warnings and considerations
    • Actuator objectives: braking actuator control design
  • AEB System Test and Validation
    • AEB validation objectives
    • Subsystem testing
    • Vehicle level testing
  • Conclusions and Future Direction
    • Market penetration
    • Customer acceptance
    • Incremental steps towards full autonomy
Eldon Leaphart

Eldon Leaphart is currently a Principal Engineer with Carr Engineering Inc. in Houston, Texas. In this position, his responsibilities include performing investigations to determine causes, conditions, and circumstances of defect allegations related to all forms of embedded system design. Since 1988, Mr. Leaphart has worked in the area of chassis system development on both controlled suspension and controlled brake product lines, previously with GM, Delphi Corporation and BWI Group Inc. During this tenure, he held various engineering roles in the areas of algorithm, failsafe, diagnostics, test, embedded systems software development and engineering management. Mr. Leaphart has authored several technical publications, is the recipient of two GM Boss Kettering awards and named on several patents related to electronic brake controls. He is a member of the ISO TC22/SC32/WG16 on Functional Safety for ISO 26262. Mr. Leaphart is a current member of SAE International and holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from The Ohio State University.

Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Format: Classroom

Event ID: 6927

Location: orlando, Florida

Session Info:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fees: $810.00

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