New book coming out – Meet the Author event with SAE Publishers

New book coming out – Meet the Author event with SAE Publishers

So we are getting real: My book “The Mobility Diaries” is now finally coming out. Join us on September 21 for a “Meet the Author” online session hosted by SAE International, my publisher.

Here’s a bit more about the book:
Sven Beiker is specializing in future trends for the automotive and mobility industries including autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility. In “The Mobility Diaries: Connecting the Milestones of Innovation Leading to ACES”, he opens up his personal diary regarding his take on 50 years of mobility innovation and history interwoven with his experiences from 1978 to 2018.

From the Foreword by Reilly Brennan: “Understanding how transportation itself evolved requires a unique prism. The core components of vehicles today have stories and engineering journeys worth their own telling, and that is what is so exciting about the way we can learn about them in this text. Dr. Beiker’s curriculum vitae, from BMW to Stanford University to McKinsey, are a compendium of experiences that created this unique historical and biographical book.”

“Sven and I are kindred spirits in the mobility world. His view on the evolution of mobility and technology illustrates why Detroit and Silicon Valley need one another.” Carla Bailo, Former President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

The book can be purchased at SAE International right away and soon everywhere where you can buy books.

SAE’s Sven Beiker to chair the session on smart sensors and sensor fusion at Sensors Converge 2022

SAE’s Sven Beiker to chair the session on smart sensors and sensor fusion at Sensors Converge 2022

(originally published by SAE International on June 13, 2022 at https://www.sae.org/blog/sensors-converge-beiker)

Dr. Sven Beiker, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility and External Advisor for SAE International, will chair a session at the upcoming Sensors Converge conference June 27-29 in San Jose, California.

The session, called Smart Sensors & Sensor Fusion, will provide a day-long insights for to understand new developments in the sensors space. Speakers on the track will cover sensor market growth, testing, software trends, safety requirements and more.

The conference got its start 37 years ago with a focus on sensor technology and has grown and diversified throughout the years to include the electronics technologies and embedded systems that work together with sensors as well as emerging application areas.

“The conference has an excellent reputation in the industry for bringing key players together to discuss important technologies that drive innovation,” Dr. Beiker said. “I’m looking forward to the conversations that will happen at this year’s event.”

Register for Sensors Converge on their website.

Webcast with SAE on the mobility topics of 2021

Webcast with SAE on the mobility topics of 2021

I had a very nice conversation with Angela Kenner at SAE International when we discussed the trends in automated driving and electric mobility of 2021 and where things might be going next year.

We started out with some observations in China and then moved to Silicon Valley.

Certainly, much has been accomplished with AVs and EVs, especially where strong partnerships between the traditional automotive industry, tech players, and startups thrive.

An easy listening, I hope you like it.

Happy holidays everyone, we’ll reconnect in 2022…

Realities of traffic make automated driving a challenge

Realities of traffic make automated driving a challenge

Nice interview here with SAE International for their monthly magazine “Update“. My piece is titled “Realities of traffic make automated driving a challenge”.

It is a conversation around what is missing to bring autonomous vehicles (automated driving to use the right SAE term) to the real world. I am glad that SAE asked as I have been discussing a lot over the years what is holding us back: technology, regulation, trust…? My view is that we have solutions for all of those, as long as we choose the ODD wisely. However, real-world traffic still poses the biggest challenge.

Along those lines, I created the following chart at some point. On the right you see the graphic of climbing a mountain, which I typically use as a prompt in my talks to say the following.

– If you want to get on top of the world, Mount Everest, you might get on a plane in San Francisco, make a connection in Heathrow, and get to Kathmandu.
– From the airport you travel to the basecamp at 5,300m altitude of Mount Everest
– At that point you have traveled well over 99% or so of the distance, but this is where it begins to get interesting…

Report on Visual Communication Between Automated Vehicles and Other Road Users

Report on Visual Communication Between Automated Vehicles and Other Road Users

I am glad and proud to have another SAE EDGE Research Report published. This one discusses “Visual Communication Between Automated Vehicles and Other Road Users”.

As automated road vehicles begin their deployment into public traffic, they will need to interact with human driven vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. This requires some form of communication between those automated vehicles (AVs) and other road users. Some of these communication modes (e.g., auditory, motion) were previously addressed in “Unsettled Issues Regarding Communication of Automated Vehicles with Other Road Users.”

We had the general overview already out earlier in the year, and now this one focuses on visual communication and its balance of reach, clarity, and intuitiveness, and discusses how different visual modes (e.g., simple lights, rich text) can be used between AVs and other road users. A particular emphasis is put on standardization to highlight how uniformity and mass adoption increase communication efficacy.

Unsettled Issues in Determining Appropriate Modeling Fidelity for Automated Driving Systems Simulation

Unsettled Issues in Determining Appropriate Modeling Fidelity for Automated Driving Systems Simulation

Here’s the other SAE International EDGE Research Report that we published already some months ago: “Unsettled Issues in Determining Appropriate Modeling Fidelity for Automated Driving Systems Simulation”

It discusses the challenges of achieving optimal model fidelity for developing, validating, and verifying automated vehicles. The primary questions raised are:

  1. How to make sure that simulation models represent their real-world counterparts
  2. How to define a universal simulation model interface
  3. How to determine the different requirements for sensor, vehicle, environment, and human driver models

Thanks to the team for your great contributions!

https://www.sae.org/publications/technical-papers/content/epr2019007/


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Unsettled Issues in Balancing Virtual, Closed-Course, and Public-Road Testing of Automated Driving Systems

Unsettled Issues in Balancing Virtual, Closed-Course, and Public-Road Testing of Automated Driving Systems

Great to have two new SAE EDGE Research Reports out there! The first report discusses three main issues:

  1. Determining what kind of testing an ADS needs before it is ready to go on the road.
  2. The current, optimal, and realistic balance of simulation testing and real-world testing.
  3. The challenges of sharing data in the industry.

We have been discussing a lot how to develop > test > certify autonomous vehicles and always get to the point of simulation vs. road testing. So we went deeper into this to at least agree on the “right” questions.

Thanks to the team for a great collaboration!

https://saemobilus.sae.org/content/epr2019011


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