Engineering Inside:

2015 Issue 3
Smart Vehicles

Smart Car Societies

August 2015

by Robin HeggDriverless car line style illustration

IEEE has communities and organizations across all disciplines related to the development of smart cars that are dedicated to advancing technology and research while fostering collaboration and education.

The IEEE Transportation Electrification Community works to coordinate activities throughout the IEEE in the areas of electric and hybrid cars and other vehicles, along with the control technologies and electric grid infrastructure they require.

The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society works to advance aspects of electrical engineering and information technologies as they relate to developing and improving transportation systems of all kinds. The ITSC sponsors a number of conferences, including the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, and the IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety.

The IEEE Control Systems Society works to advance research, development, and practice in automation and control systems through a wide range of technical interests and applications.

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society works with technology concerning land, air, and sea vehicles, including communications services, electric vehicles, automotive industry equipment and systems, traction power, signals, and communications and control systems for mass transit and railroads. The Vehicular Technology Society sponsors a number of conferences, including its own Vehicular Technology Conference, which is held twice a year in the spring and fall. They also sponsor the International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications, and the Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference.

IEEE also publishes a number of journals related to smart car technology and research, including IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.

IEEE member Mohan Trivedi was recently the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Research Award from the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society. The award is given every year to recognize outstanding contributions to research in intelligent transportation. Professor Trivedi is an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of California, San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and the director of UC San Diego’s Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA). Professor Trivedi was cited for his “contributions to machine vision and learning for intelligent vehicles, and driver assistance and transportation systems.” Following the awards presentation, Professor Trivedi delivered a talk in which he questioned whether drivers would really want to hand over all driving responsibility to an autonomous vehicle. He focused on what he calls a driver-centered, holistic approach to intelligent vehicles where driver and car would “share what they perceive and control in a very harmonious manner.”

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