Making Self-Driving Cars Safer

TUE, OCT 22, 2019 (53:46)

Can wireless connectivity make self-driving cars safer? NOVA Science Café hosts Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) professor Dr. Alex Wyglinski. He explains the current state-of-the-art tech in vehicular wireless connectivity. Learn how vehicle-to-vehicle communication improves situational awareness of the road environment for self-driving vehicles.

Although almost all self-driving vehicles rely on sensor technologies such as LIDAR, RADAR, and vision systems to gather data about the surrounding road conditions, wireless connectivity between cars and nearby infrastructure is often overlooked in the discussion about autonomous vehicles.

For even more on self-driving cars and to see how they are being tested, check out NOVA’s “Look Who’s Driving” — an episode that explores the challenges of training artificial intelligence to be better than humans at making life-and-death decisions.

+ BIO: Dr. Alex Wyglinski

Dr. Alex Wyglinski is a full professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a worldwide expert on wireless connectivity and vehicular technology. Throughout his extensive academic career, Dr. Wyglinski and his research team have developed new approaches and technologies for enabling our emerging “smart” world to seamlessly connect around and with us, including ground vehicles, satellite systems, 5G/6G communication networks, and the Internet of Things. Dr. Wyglinski’s activities have been extensively supported by both government and industry, including the National Science Foundation, DARPA, Office of Naval Research, Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA, Analog Devices, MITRE Corporation, Raytheon, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Wyglinski is also the president of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

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