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Location: lecture hall, College of Transport & Communications
Speaker: Prof. Liu Rongfang, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract of the lecture:
A few recent developments, such asGoogle’s Driverless Cars, and disputes between car companies and cableproviders, propelled the ‘Automated Transportation Systems” onto a centerstage. It seems that the rapid development in autonomous driving, control andcommunication technologies coupled with exponential growth in smart phones, GPSand navigation systems will usher in a brand new paradigm: a new fleet ofautomated or drivels vehicles, be it passenger cars or buses, will not onlychange the way we travel but the fundamental structures of car ownership andsociety.
Ready or not, the autonomous drivingcars are here and they are here to stay. As transportation planners, engineers,and decision makers are in the process of evaluating technologies, testingprototype vehicles, and developing safety regulations, the general public mayget excited, curious, or sometimes anxious.
Capturingthe momentum of recent critical developments in automated transportationsystems, Dr. Liu’s presentation will provide a comprehensive and systematicevaluation of automated transit technology and its applications. She will alsotry to shed some light on social, economic and environmental impacts of the ATSapplications. Building on the extensive research accumulated more than fourdecades and extensive communications with a large network of professional, shealso tries to identify some potential impact and implications on travelbehavior changes, life style choices, and economic consequences of the new ATSparadigm.