A Tour of the Road to Autonomous Cars: Despite many advances in self-driving cars in recent years, current driverless technology is far from being ready to drive us safely in all traffic situations and all road conditions. After briefly explaining the key pieces that make up a self-driving car, I will review current driverless technology, discuss the remaining challenges, and outline possible future scenarios towards widely deployed driverless cars.
Autonomous vehicles will come in all shapes in sizes, from single occupant pods to driverless motorhomes. Equipped with multiple sensors, intelligent control systems, proprietary lithium batteries, solar panels, and the ability to be remotely controlled through a mobile app, Erwin Hymer Group’s world first Autonomous RV was developed and built in Canada to demonstrate and test the impact of connected, automated, and electric technologies on the global recreational vehicle market.
The automotive industry is in the midst of dramatic and disruptive change and Terry Ostan, Senior Manager, Innovation and Advanced Technology for GM Canada, will outline GM’s vision for a future of mobility that is electric, connected, autonomous and shared.
The Engineering Innovations Forum was initiated in 1990 under the name “Engineering Action Forum”, and has been part of National Engineering Month ever since.
It was established as an open forum to focus on current topics from the engineering point of view. The idea was to promote the work engineers do, the way they do it, and how it benefits society in general.
Topics have included robotics, electricity supply, nanotechnology, “green” energy, housing, computers, virtual reality, food, construction, and biomedicine.