Connected Vehicles
Towards Automated Driving
Elisabeth Uhlemann

Suncor Energy will try Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) in the mining industry in northern Canada . Each autonomous dump truck is equipped with vehicle controllers, a high-precision global positioning system (GPS), an obstacle detection system, and a wireless network system. These features allow the dump truck to safely operate though a complex load, haul, and dump cycle and to integrate with the dozers, loaders, and shovels that are also part of the autonomous system. Komatsu claims that AHS reduces the number of drivers working in hostile and remote conditions, increases safety on mine sites, reduces operating costs, increases productivity and efficiency, and reduces fuel consumption and emissions.

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed some of the prototype technologies that its U.K.-based research team is developing to deliver autonomous driving in the future. A remote-controlled Range Rover Sport research vehicle demonstrates how a driver could drive the vehicle from outside the car via their smartphone. The smartphone app includes control of steering, the accelerator, brakes, and changing from high to low range. This would allow the driver to walk alongside the car, at a maximum speed of 4 mi/h (6.4 km/h), to maneuver the car out of challenging situations safely or even to negotiate difficult off-road terrain. The driver could use the smartphone to reverse the car out of a parking space if someone has parked too close for them to open the door. The remote control function will only operate if the user is within 10 m of the car and if the smart key can be detected. The system will stop the vehicle if the driver moves out of range or gets too close.

Read the full article: "Active Safety Vehicles Evolving Toward Automated Driving [Connected Vehicles]", IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2015

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