Autonomous vehicles – feasibility and fantasy

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Technical lecture
19 November 2019 16:30 - 18:30
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To make a fully functional self-driving car means replicating the perception, reasoning and control of a human driver. Nobody has managed to do this so far, at least not to replicate enough of the essential human capabilities for safe driving in complex environments.

Automated driving is easy provided when there are no surprises and the boundaries of safe motion are known. Rather, those boundaries should be predictable within an adequate time-horizon, which could be as much as 10 seconds for highway driving. The challenges are different from robot navigation and control at low speed; a mobile robot can stop if an obstacle is detected. If its sensor fails it will have a collision, but sensor redundancy can fix this. As speeds become higher the challenges become greater.

In this talk, a number of scenarios for automated motion control are presented. For the feasible ones, algorithms are presented, while a reality check is made for the more fantastic visions of automated driving.


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4:30PM for 5:00PM Start

Venue: Owen building - 1029 Lecture Theatre (Floor 10 Room 29)



Professor Tim Gordon


Sheffield Hallam University
Department of Engineering & Mathematics
Sheffield Hallam University
Howard Street
S1 1WB
United Kingdom

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0113 391 0537
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