Submitted by: Dr. Homayoun Najjaran
It may seem scary seeing a car passing through an intersection with no one in the driver seat. This unexpected scene will be the norm of our urbanized societies in less than a decade, according to many car manufacturers racing to be the first to capture the market. But even before this is realized, existing driver assistance systems are making a difference alleviating the biggest source of fatality of the modern era. It is motivating to know that even the existing technology could have prevented many tragedies including Ottawa’s recent bus-train crash. UBC-ACIS researchers are collaborating with UC Berkeley to help the automotive industry in this challenge one step at a time.