Connected Commercial Vehicles: Platooning, ADAS, Autonomous - More Than Mere Buzzwords

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Noon U.S. EST

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Platooning, ADAS, autonomous technologies – all these areas converge as the commercial vehicle industry looks to improve both fuel efficiency and operator efficiency while not sacrificing safety. This one-hour Technical Webinar from the editors of SAE explores how we get from advanced driver assistance systems and wireless connectivity that enable platooning formations to eventual fully autonomous operations. Topics covered include the latest in ADAS technologies, V2X real-world applications, and vehicle architecture for ADAS and autonomous driving, as well as progression to real-time machine-made decisions and machine learning.

The experts on this Webinar panel examine these important trends and then field questions from the audience after their technical presentations. 


Michael Peperhowe, Group Manager, Modeling, dSPACE GmbH 

Michael Peperhowe is Group Manager of Modeling at dSPACE GmbH, Germany. He is responsible for the development and product management of dSPACE's Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) for vehicle dynamics and ADAS/Autonomous Development applications. Michael has 12+ years of experience in the simulation of vehicle dynamics, as well as traffic scenarios, with a focus on autonomous driving. His background includes model-based design for the development of controllers and testing/validation via hardware-in-the-loop systems within worldwide projects in the automotive and transportation industries. He has a master's degree in technical mathematics, with a focus on computer science and engineering.

Dan Williams, Director of ADAS, Autonomy, and Integrated Vehicle Control System, ZF Commercial Steering Division 

Dan Williams is Director of ADAS, Autonomy, and Integrated Vehicle Control Systems for the ZF Commercial Vehicle Division. He has worked for 30 years in engineering and planning positions of increasing responsibility in passenger car suspension and commercial vehicle steering businesses. Dan began working for a joint venture between Moog and Lotus to develop passenger car active suspension systems. That business was purchased by TRW for whom he subsequently managed the development and launch of chassis control systems in North America and Europe. TRW was purchased by ZF in 2015. Dan has been granted patents on various vehicle control systems and has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University teaching vehicle dynamics. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Dan chaired the SAE committee developing standards for commercial vehicle active safety systems and sits on the SAE Truck and Bus Council. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois, his MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Florida Tech.

Ethan Ott, Senior Engineer, Advanced Engineering, Daimler Trucks North America 

Ethan Ott is a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Engineering Department of Daimler Trucks North America. His current focus is on developing functional prototypes of new ADAS and connected/autonomous vehicle features. Ethan has 11+ years of experience in developing control software to improve safety and fuel economy with global teams for commercial vehicles. Previous projects include leading the control systems integration for the Freightliner SuperTruck project, which demonstrated a 115% freight efficiency improvement over the baseline vehicle. Ethan has a B.S. from Western Washington University and an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Portland State University.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

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