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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Robotics already plays a key role in space exploration and exploitation, supporting both manned and unmanned missions. When coupled with increasingly capable autonomous and intelligent systems, robotics will enable yet more audacious exploration of our solar system whilst also reducing the cost and increasing the use of space to manage our Earth's resources and monitor our environment.

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Robotics already plays a key role in space exploration and exploitation, supporting both manned and unmanned missions. When coupled with increasingly capable autonomous and intelligent systems, robotics will enable yet more audacious exploration of our solar system whilst also reducing the cost and increasing the use of space to manage our Earth's resources and monitor our environment.

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