One of the hottest areas in automotive electronics design is self-driving, a.k.a., autonomous vehicles. Address the needs of that market, Michigan State University (MSU) is displaying a cutting-edge vehicle and related technology during AutoMobili-D at Cobo Center (Jan. 8-12). This is viewed as a premier feature of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
MSU’s green-and-white vehicle is equipped with a variety of intelligent devices and sensors, such as laser radars, or lidars, that create a 3D map of the driving area as well as advanced algorithms. “Much of our work focuses on technology that integrates the vehicle with its environment,” said Hayder Radha, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of MSU's Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety (CANVAS). “In particular, MSU is a recognized leader in computer vision, radars and antenna design, high-assurance computing and related technologies, all areas that are at the core of self-driving vehicles," Radha explained.
MSU will display two vehicles, one that MSU engineers are using to test the latest in autonomous-vehicle technology and the other a student-designed and built Formula SAE racecar. Thet are focusing much of their attention on several key areas, including traditional radars, laser radars, computer software, and the development of artificial intelligence algorithms.
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