Algorithm helps autonomous vehicles to avoid pedestrians

The Engineer | October 10, 2019

Engineers in Canada have developed decision-making and motion-planning technology to limit injuries and damage when autonomous vehicles are involved in accidents with pedestrians. After recognising that a collision is inevitable, the model predictive control algorithm is said to analyse all available options and chooses the course of action with the least serious outcome. What can we do in order to minimise the consequences? said Amir Khajepour, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo. That is our focus.

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Project Lead The Way and Mass STEM Hub have partnered with the Commonwealth to present the STEM Week Challenge, open to all K-12 schools in Massachusetts. The STEM Week Challenge will immerse students in hands-on learning experiences; empower them to imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges; and help them see themselves in STEM.

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Project Lead The Way and Mass STEM Hub have partnered with the Commonwealth to present the STEM Week Challenge, open to all K-12 schools in Massachusetts. The STEM Week Challenge will immerse students in hands-on learning experiences; empower them to imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges; and help them see themselves in STEM.

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Kojo | August 17, 2022

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H&E Equipment Services Signs Definitive Agreement To Acquire One Source Equipment Rental, Inc.

H&E Equipment Services | September 20, 2022

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iOffice + SpaceIQ Leverages Strategic Alliance with Autodesk to Bring Digital Twin Technology to Building Operators

Autodesk | September 28, 2022

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