While a snowstorm threatened to snarl traffic outside, the first
International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE), held December 12 to 16 in Beijing, opened with an inspiring keynote speech by the honorable Mr. Norman Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation, and a host of leaders from the Intelligent transportation and technology world.
Mr. Mineta highlighted just how far we’ve come in transportation as a society, and how many opportunities remain to make personal and public transportation safer, more efficient, and more intelligent. In the US alone, automotive safety has vastly improved, while the cost of the vehicle has dropped as a function of income, and that’s due in no small part to technology advancements that improve vehicle crashworthiness, enhanced vehicle dynamics and control, better sensing of the environment around the car, and improved manufacturing techniques, to name just a few innovations.
After Mr. Mineta’s presentation, leaders from the IEEE, academic institutions, and industry alliances drove the conversation to where transportation is headed; some of the activities going on to coordinate personal and public transportation and improve the vehicle’s and its driver’s awareness of its surrounding environment; and how wireless becomes more and more a fundamental part of keeping the vehicle in touch with the highway and other vehicles.
Over these four days, we’ll put the pedal to the metal on the advances taking place throughout the transportation world and how computing, mechanical, and electrical engineering; industrial design; analog signal processing; and wireless communications will drive the next 100 years of innovation in the automobile and for transportation in general.
Jon Adams is vice president strategic development for Lilee Systems. He holds BSE and MSEE degrees from UCLA and is a senior member of the IEEE.
Sounds like a really exciting conference. I'm looking forward to more updates. You are certainly right when you talk about how far transportation has come in just the last decade. Saying that cars and other vehicles are "connected" doesn't even scratch the surface.
Jon, it is interesting that you mention the IEEE first. While there are indeed improvements coming along in the mechanical and manufacturing areas of vehicle development, the future of vehicles will be driven by electronics. This spans the engine management system to the ability of vehicles to avoid danger, and eventually drive themselves.
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