Why ADR?

ADR’s Mission Statement: To evaluate, challenge, inform, and propose solutions for vehicles, drivers, operators, and infrastructure for successful integration of Autonomous Vehicles with current transportation systems worldwide.

I started Autonomous Driving Research (ADR) with the purpose to investigate new technology and upcoming challenges in bringing the various levels of Autonomous Driving Vehicles (ADV) to market. This organization’s focus is to incorporate current and past research completed in autonomous driving with current and future issues that society will face in implementing and embracing Level-3 and Level-4 autonomous driving onto its roadways. We are focused on the integration of autonomous driving onto today’s highway systems, in all countries, and to identify what challenges will continue as the industry brings various autonomous systems to market. This effort is in collaboration with all autonomous driving interests, companies, suppliers, academia, and enthusiast into forming a common location to discuss these issues and opportunities. Each participant must deal with the same issues and therefore a central forum to share such information will be vital to the successful implementation while minimize risks.

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This non-profit organization is independent of any manufacturer, vendor, brand, or solution. The mission of ADR is to identify issues, provide data, and suggest possible solutions for all businesses and organizations who contribute to autonomous driving implementation for end-users, commercial application, infrastructure application, and inter & intra-vehicle communication, as well as the government policies and legal ramifications that may constrain autonomous driving implementations worldwide.

Scope: This organization is structured to be an open forum of discussion and collaboration across this discipline as the focus is on successfully integrating Autonomous Driving Vehicles (ADV) onto the roadway, given the immeasurable challenges we face: vehicle design, communication platforms, weather, infrastructure requirements, sensor and robotic capabilities, transportation throughput, driver psychology, human machine interfaces, legal, and policy constraints per country. To date, every vested organization is working to define their own roadmaps and vision for autonomous driving, yet we must also look at what society will find beneficial and willing to purchase and incorporate as their transportation needs, thus justifying the business case for profitability. This is about making autonomous driving a real-world implementation that makes sense for its environment.

Although autonomous driving technologies will be discussed here, the purpose is NOT to create technologies as many organizations are already well underway on these tasks that possess the depth of resources and experts to accomplish them. However, technologies reported – and their potential efficiencies and impacts on an implemented transportation eco-system – are the scope of this organization and its discussions.

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Why? ADR seeks to gain more insight into the current work of autonomous driving research and the constituents that are working in this field now, and especially focus on the implementation and integration of autonomous driving solutions into existing transportation eco-systems. In conjunction with the rapid development of autonomous vehicle projects to date, I feel this is a critical time that autonomous driving needs to be approached from the integration perspective to provide a stepped approach of rolling out autonomous driving systems to users in their respective countries. We have come a long way with the accomplishment of Level-3 research on roadways today through various organizational initiatives, government assisted challenges (i.e., DARPA), and academic research in controlled environments (i.e., UofM M-City). Given all the expected benefits of autonomous driving for the end-user (reduced fatalities and accidents, increased productivity, increased roadway density, etc.), the true success of making autonomous driving a reality will be how we integrate it into today’s fabric of transportation systems, without negatively impacting the safety, reliability, and throughput of today’s existing transportation systems, while controlling costs.

All parties that are interested are encouraged to participate as this is intended as an open forum for discussion of problems and opportunities. I look forward to working with you and making autonomous driving a success in every country.

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