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Friday, 24 April, 2015 1:28 PM

Autonomous vehicles, new in-car gadgets discussed at 2015 SAE World Congress

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"The Glide Path Toward Autonomous Vehicles" panel discussion at the FEV Innovation Forum

 

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria@americajr.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- I attended the 2015 SAE World Congress at Cobo Center in Detroit, which is held from April 21-23, 2015. This year's theme is "Leading Mobility Innovation" which discusses new technology of advancements of today and for the future. Leaders from industry, media and government provided insight into bringing automatization and connectivity to consumers.

First, we went to the Ride-and-Drive event and drove a 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4x4. This vehicle has a base price of $25,995 with a fully loaded price of $31,465. It gets 24 mpg combined city/highway driving, while getting 21 mpg for city and 29 mpg for highway. The vehicle that my husband drove had a 2.4-liter, I4 MultiAir engine and its a four-cylinder. He tried kicking it in gear on the freeway and it has good pep and handles great around curves. My husband was surprised at how well it handled.

Next was the FEV Innovation Forum, which was held in the Grand Ballroom. Gary Smyth, Executive Director of Research and Development at GM, says some of today's technologies are: Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. GM is speeding up with Onstar 4G LTE which is on more than 30 vehicle models. "The whole industry has improved dramatically," adds Smyth. The company is working on a diagnostic and prognostics failure feature that tells you of vehicle failure before it happens.

Technology allows cars communicate with each other, the infrastructure and pedestrians. "We can have a dramatic impact on cars that don't crash. Driverless vehicles will come in the future. However, we have to work together to get to this new Ecosystem. We're introducing semi-automatic driving and V2V (vehicle to vehicle) features in 2017 production vehicles. Our industry is transforming," says Smyth.

Myra Blanco, Director/Research Scientist at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, asks "How will users benefit from automated technology? We have seen over the years, over 90 percent of crash events are due to humans. From the early 70's til this year, that trend hasn't changed. Driver error, and decision error is the highest in the number of crashes," says Blanco.

Older and younger drivers are most at risk. For teens, we have the highest fatality rate. Their reaction times are quick, but situational awareness is typically lower. Teens also find the "cool factor" of cars with automated systems very appealing. Teen drivers benefit from automation. Seniors, due to cataracts are also risky. Their reaction time has reduced. Older drivers also welcome the driving assistance provided by automation.

The future of mobility is defined by consumer trends and demands. The challenge to change the world is in everyone's hands.

For more information about the SAE World Congress, visit www.sae.org/congress.

Related Stories: Toyota's Osamu Nagata, TAG Holdings' Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. among the honorees at 2014 SAE Foundation Banquet; 'Building Bridges between the Motor City and Silicon Valley' discussed at SAE 2014 World Congress

 

 

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Mexico exhibit

 

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Gary Smyth, Executive Director of R&D - General Motors

 

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Developing aerodynamics - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

 

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Myra Blanco, Director/Research Scientist - Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

 

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The Ride & Drive area is one of the most popular parts of the SAE World Congress.

 

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