Toyota Motor North America, InfoTech LabsMountain View, CA
Jul. 2019 - Present
Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) systems allow connected and automated vehicles to communicate with each other, and coordinate their maneuvers in a form of platoon, where one vehicle follows another with a constant velocity and/or time headway.
With advanced Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technique, "connected eco-driving" provides real-time advices to drivers based on real-time traffic and infrastructure conditions. With connected eco-driving, even greater fuel and emission savings can be achieved without compromising traffic mobility.
With advanced Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication techniques, connected and automated vehicles can schedule their sequence and plan their speed trajectories ahead of time to avoid last-second speed change at the merging point.
Driver behavior (or more generally human factor) plays a crucial role in intelligent vehicles, especially when the driver is operating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Machine learning technique can be utilized to classify different driver types, predict drivers' performance, and provide personalized guidances.
Game engine Unity is an excellent tool to prototype connected and automated vehicle technology, given its advantages in graphics and visualization, its easiness of integration of driving simulator, and its rich resources on asset store and commUnity.
Driving simulator allows human to drive vehicles modeled in a virtual environment, enabling comparison between proposed connected and automated vehicle technology with human driving behaviors.