Controlling smart cars, part 3

Self-driving safety relies on fast computing, the right sensors and better use of GPS.

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Part 1 of this series discussed the state of the art exemplified by the Tesla accident on May 7, 2016, in Williston, Fla. Part 2 suggested improvements based on experience in the process industries. Here, I focus on the hardware needs of smart car technology, particularly the sensors and chips needed to detect, evaluate and respond to detected conditions. I will start with the chips, their memory size, speed and artificial intelligence quotient (AIQ, see sidebar). I'll also mention the challenges posed by the need for periodic updates of the fleet's software with revisions. Smart cars are supercomputers on wheels that take in information from sensors (radar to identify…

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Q: Regarding your recent article on oil film detection, I’m exploring methods of putting such an instrument on a drone platform. In this way, a vehicle could quickly assay and map the surface of petrochemical leaks from point sources. However, there are weight and size constraints for such a…

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    Part 1 of this series discussed the state of the art exemplified by the Tesla accident on May 7, 2016, in Williston, Fla. Part 2 suggested improvements based on experience in the process industries. Here, I focus on the hardware needs of smart car technology, particularly the sensors and chips…

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