Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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36  December 2018/January 2019 unmanned systems inside WEBINAR RECAP » AUTONOMY » ON THE ROAD TO AUTONOMY E ventually, we'll live in a world where it's common to see fully autonomous vehicles transporting passengers from place to place. The driverless vehicles will be integrated into our roadways and deemed a safe, trusted way to travel. That's the end goal, but there are developments and advance- ments that must be made before we can safely get there. Precise Positioning leader Hexagon Positioning Intelligence is among the companies working to make fully autonomous vehicles a reality and, along with Inside Unmanned Systems and Inside GNSS, recently sponsored a webinar and virtual workshop that covered where we are now and the work being done to advance this technology. Panelists discussed today's platforms, the development of precise positioning for automotive with mass market GNSS chipsets, and the safety requirements that must be met before we can reach full autonomy. The webinar, "On the Road to Autonomy," is now available on demand. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, professor aerospace engineer- ing and mechanics at the University of Minnesota, served as the webinar's moderator. Panelists included Terry Lamprecht, director of products for AutonomouStuff; Lance de Groot, senior team lead geomatics—safety criti- cal systems for NovAtel; and Samer Khanafseh, research assistant professor/manager at the Illinois Institute of Technology/TruNav LLC. All three answered questions submitted by attendees during the Dec. 12 webinar and shared their expertise as it relates to autonomous vehicles. TODAY'S DEVELOPMENT PLATFORMS Lamprecht kicked off the discussion with a brief descrip- tion of the different levels of autonomy (0-5) and a compre- hensive overview of the various sensors used today. Level 1 offers the most basic autonomous features, such as cruise control, with each level adding more sophistication until reaching level 5: full autonomy. Current Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) include blind spot detection, rear collision warnings, park assist, emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Where we are now and what advancements must be made before fully autonomous vehicles can become a trusted method of transportation. by Renee Knight sponsored by HEXAGON POSITIONING INTELLIGENCE

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