AutoSens is a global self-driving and vehicle perception technology summit returning to Detroit, Michigan in May 2018. AutoSens Detroit is one of two themed events held annually by parent company Sense Media, and successfully concluded AutoSens Brussels, September. In the city's famous Automotive World Museum, more than 450 researchers, engineers and other top experts gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding the future of mobility. We encourage attendees, speakers and sponsors to use each other's expertise.
AutoSens is based on the visions shared by these professionals on vehicle perception technology, ADAS systems and autonomous driving. As in Brussels, AutoSens Detroit will examine OEM requirements for the development of these systems by providing spaces for engagement, idea sharing and collaboration.
“These conversations and collaborations are what make AutoSens so successful, and will be the hallmark ingredient of all of our events for years to come,” said Robert Stead, Managing Director of Sense Media. "AutoSens' vision has always been community-driven."
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Autonomous driving may one day create a world where no one gets lost in a traffic accident. Automated cars themselves will likely run on battery power or electric motors, reducing emissions. Proponents even say our cities and infrastructure will benefit from self-driving cars. Yet for such things to happen, those working on technology need a place to come together and collaborate.
“With a willingness to pool resources and learn from your peers, problems can be solved faster and in a more robust way,” Stead said.
AutoSens builds in a similar version of what Volvo did after the introduction of the three-point seat belt in 1959. Stating that it was in line with Volvo's commitments, the automaker released the device in the interest of public safety and social responsibility. The three-point seat belt was now something every automaker could adopt. Volvo estimates that Nils Bohlin, the engineer who created it, saved more than a million lives. Although AutoSens are not inventing revolutionary technology per se, they do provide a landscape in which the next three-point seat belt can emerge.
“Business competition is a driver for technology development, but when we talk about security-related systems and technologies that need to interact across the boundaries of a certain brand or manufacturer, we need to place collaboration high on the priority list,” Stead explained. "We provide a platform to share the latest thinking, gather peer feedback and input, allow engineers to connect with other technical experts in their fields, and meet new people and organizations."
Stead is the chair of the IEEE-SA P2020 working group, a cross-industry initiative where more than 100 companies develop benchmarks for image quality in automotive camera systems. The end goal is to improve vehicle vision systems and make cars safer. The working group has flourished from the relationships established at AutoSens, and within a year, members of the Bosch and Valeo group already have several new research bodies at their disposal. This research will be presented at the Electronic Imaging Symposium in San Francisco, California next month.
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"But the collaboration doesn't even have to be that formalized," Stead insisted. “I am often told that what is different with AutoSens is the openness and willingness to discuss topics among the engineers present. Proprietary information remains proprietary, of course, but there are so many issues, challenges, and technical bottlenecks that are in the public domain but have yet to be resolved by industry. »
The participants of AutoSens Brussels chat during a brief coffee break. There are many networking opportunities throughout the duration of the conference. Photo: Sense Media, © Bernal Revert/BR&U.
Challenges & Opportunities
Panels of expert speakers, each with their own background, qualifications and experience, remain a hallmark of AutoSens. Stakeholders often use their time to define the challenges and opportunities of automated driving. Some delve deeper into the engineering and design requirements of the self-driving car; others examine finance or what self-driving cars mean for society as a whole. For example, in Brussels in September, Dr. Heiko Hirschmuller, co-founder of Roboception, explained how robotics and remote sensing play a role in autonomous driving, while Erich Ramschak, senior product manager ADAS Engineering, AVL List, talked about the importance of the map. autonomous driving data. Rudy Burger, Managing Partner, Woodside Capital Partners, spoke about automotive mergers and acquisitions, while Alain Dunoyer, Head of Safe Car, SBD Automotive, looked at the impacts of self-driving cars on traffic.
"There has been and continues to be some truly amazing research and technology being implemented in the area of vehicle perception," Stead said. “The latest autonomous vehicles have a truly futuristic level of functionality, and some of the greatest engineering minds in the world are working on these topics to improve and augment ADAS capabilities.”
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing these engineers. minds is how to make the self-driving car work effectively in the everyday world. Taking the autonomous car, piece by piece, no component is more important than the other, and each must be designed and manufactured to meet the demands of autonomy. Removing a human from the equation presents an entirely different ballgame; the picture of how we move changes drastically, and all the variables seem nearly impossible to account for.
“The technical challenges are immense: coping with peripheral road scenarios, adverse weather conditions, interactions with humans, pedestrians and drivers, combating motion sickness and a host of other challenges,” said Stead. "Having seen the passion and expertise of the community working to solve these problems, I truly believe they will all be overcome, but it will keep us all in gainful employment for a few years to come."
During AutoSens Brussels, Senior Applications Engineer Edel Cashman (right) of SensL Technologies demonstrates how the company's sensors can be used for LiDAR applications. Photo: Sense Media, © Bernal Revert/BR&U.
Dates & Venue
AutoSens Detroit will take place May 14-17 at the Michigan Science Center near the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Michigan Science Center's mission is to inspire inquisitive minds of all ages to discover, explore, and enjoy science, technology, engineering, and math. The organizers of AutoSens say that this mission corresponds to their vision of the automotive engineering community. The facility is home to the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theater, the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, and more than 250 hands-on exhibits and lab activities.
Tickets are available now at a special early bird price through February. Expect the full schedule of AutoSens Detroit events in the coming months.
Carl Anthony is the editor of Automoblog and lives in Detroit, Michigan.