Dr Anthony Baxendale of Horiba MIRA (www.horiba-mira.com ) spoke to the CIE about Autonomous Vehicles, and the current progress and research. Many aspects of Autonomous vehicles are alreadty available, adaptive cruise control, park assist, satnav, and progress towards full autonomy builds on these. He set out the path to full autonomy in a matrix of increasing automation, and decreasing driver control, which we are partway along. Progress needs to be made in surprising areas, such as legislation and cyber security. Hacking into systems controlling co-operative movement of vehicles could present threats to safety and security. Dr Baxendale concluded with an amusing quote from the infancy of motoring, demonstrating the power of hindsight!!
The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Company, 1903.
■“This carriage with no horses is currently just a luxury for the wealthy. Even if the price will decrease in the future, it will probably never be as popular as cycling. "-
Slides are downloadable below.