Motor Vehicle Technology Trends—Forensic Engineering in the Approaching Age of Autonomous Vehicles Luis C. Flores, P.E. and Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E.

From the time of its conception, dating back to Karl Benz’s Patent-Motorwagen in the late 1800s to the present, the automobile as we know it has been gradually evolving. Currently, there are various vehicle control systems in place, primarily designed to help the driver arrive at his or her destination in a safe manner. These can be found in a modern vehicle in the form of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Lane Departure Warning; all which aim to keep a vehicle on track in the event of an emergency and ultimately lessen the potential consequences of human error.

On January 25, 2018, Crane Engineering will be presenting this topic in greater detail at the Crane Engineering Smart Sessions.  In this session we will briefly touch on said modern vehicle systems and how they are working in unison to morph into what will eventually become the fully autonomous vehicle. Since more than 35,000 people die each year on American roads, largely due to human error (which is behind 94% of collisions), it should be no surprise that eliminating the human aspect of driving will inevitably save lives.

                                                                                                         Motor Vehicle Deaths from 1900 to 2015. NHTSA.GOV.

                                                                                                         Motor Vehicle Deaths from 1900 to 2015. NHTSA.GOV.

Through the use of several technologies like telematics, radar, LiDAR and wireless communications, driverless cars will not only be safer, but also more environmentally efficient.

                                                                                                                                  Mast Technologies

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But with technological advancements often come challenges. In this case, they range from the physical like making sure that our infrastructure is compliant and one that driverless vehicles can see, to the digital like keeping these “telecommunication networks on wheels” 100% cybersecure. The latter having potentially grave implications such as remote vehicle theft or hijacking of vital safety systems. Most importantly, “Motor Vehicle Trends . . .” seeks to address questions like: What are the liability implications of autonomous vehicles? How will they impact the insurance and legal industry? How will they impact forensic investigations?

While the technology may have evolved, the scientific methodology behind future investigations will remain intact and continue to rely on factual evidence.

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