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Taking a cue from Caterpillar’s approach to autonomy

Caterpillar has been developing the foundation for autonomy over the past four decades. Its portfolio of building-block strategies includes operator-assist features, remote-controlled machines, semi-autonomous ...

Autonomous vehicles: driving into a very big cloud

Today, you cannot pick up a newspaper—much less an automotive industry journal—without seeing an article related to autonomous or connected vehicles. What was relegated to the distant future less than a decade ...

Defining Vehicle Automation

Carmakers are rushing to provide their vehicles with increasing ability to pilot themselves. But the race can create confusion among about just what “autonomous driving” really means—and not just among ...

On the Road to Automated Commercial Vehicles

The opening day of this year’s SAE 2016 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress on Oct. 4 will feature two commercial vehicle hot topics—autonomous commercial vehicles and greenhouse gas technology. In the ...

Technology to Become the Smartest in the Field

Advances in vehicle electronics and satellite navigation technologies have resulted in automatic guidance systems in agriculture that enable increased productivity and convenience. Systems such as John Deere’s ...

A First for Driverless Army Vehicles

Last week the U.S. army and the state of Michigan began testing new technologies that will someday enable driverless operation of army vehicles. The army’s tank automotive command, or TARDEC, chose Michigan ...

Confessions of Cybersecurity Experts

What keeps you up at night? Cybersecurity experts at the SAE 2016 World Congress were asked about their deepest worries during a panel session on the levels and nature of cyber challenges. Their responses: ...

Intrusion Points for Hackers Growing

As new vehicles become more and more connected to the internet, to other cars, and to the road infrastructure, the number of potential intrusion points for hackers is growing fast. This, of course, leads to the ...

Fearing the Driverless Car

What will connectivity and mobility be like in the 2020s? Although the start of the decade is less than four years away, an expert panel at the 2016 SAE World Congress cited research that sees 200 billion devices ...

Digital Data, Patents Indicate Connected Vehicles Here to Stay

We know connectivity is all the talk in the automotive industry. Well, for any industry for that matter (Think: IoT—the Internet of Things). An interesting way to see if something is a trend or a true paradigm ...