Program Director: Prof. Chris Gerdes
Executive Director: Sven Beiker, PhD
Program Manager: Adele Tanaka
CARS is the interdisciplinary automotive affiliates program at Stanford University. The vision of CARS is to create a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines at Stanford with leading industry researchers to radically re-envision the automobile for unprecedented levels of safety, performance, sustainability, and enjoyment. Our mission is to discover, build, and deploy the critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers. CARS acts as an automotive community to encourage automotive research and education.
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Japan's Public Broadcasting Organization Reports from CARS
NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting organization, visited CARS to report on research related to automated vehicles. The journalists interviewed Prof. Chris Gerdes and Sven Beiker for a documentary on the technology challenges around automated driving and the automotive community in Silicon Valley. The video interview features CARS as one of the major hubs worldwide for automotive research and a very unique way of how industry and academia partner to research the future of the automobile. The video can be viewed online at NHK world.
The Ethics of Autonomous Cars
Sometimes good judgment can compel us to act illegally. Should a self-driving vehicle get to make that same decision? These are questions that Prof. Patrick Lin, visiting faculty at from CalPoly, is tackling during his 12-month stay at CARS. In an article published in the The Atlantic, Lin discusses how human drivers may be forgiven for making an instinctive but "wrong" decision, while programmers and designers of automated cars don’t have that luxury, since they are considered to have enough time to make the "right" decision.
New Driving Simulator for Human-Vehicle Interface Research Now Operational
CARS has helped to install a completely new driving simulator at VAIL that will be used to research the interaction of driver and vehicle for automated driving, situation awareness and driver distraction, and methods to teach drivers how to drive more efficiently and safely. The new simulator consists of 5 projectors, a 240-degree screen, and also includes physiological equipment such as EEG, EKG, respiration and more. The system is also relatively easy to program so that students can use it for their class projects and more.