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February 2020

Build a Light-Tracking Bristlebot
Curriculum Resource
In this activity, students will build a miniature, biologically inspired robot, a robot "bug" that will automatically drive toward a light source, just like some real bugs do. This robot is a type of bristlebot, which gets its name because it uses bristles from a toothbrush as feet.

Build a Solar-Powered Bristlebot
Curriculum Resource
This project will have two different sources of power: solar panels and stored energy in the form of batteries. Students will build an electrical circuit, or a loop through which electricity can flow, that allows a toggle between powering the robot from its batteries or its solar panels. The circuit will provide power to two motors that make the robot move, allowing students to investigate how the two different power supplies affect the robot's speed in different weather conditions.

Contribution of General Motors to the Economies of Nine States and the United States in 2019
A Report on the employment and economic contribution of General Motors’ automotive operations to the United States economy including Michigan operations that produce electric car batteries and autonomous vehicle components.

Making Autonomous Vehicles Accessible to Persons with Disablilities will Bring New Business Opportunities and Legal Challenges to the Automotive Industry
It is expected that self-driving cars will be in high demand in the disability community once they enter the mainstream market. The increased demand is expected to have a strong, positive financial impact to the automotive supply chain and ride share services. This report addresses specific requirements that need to be addressed in order for autonomous vehicles to be fully operable and accessible.

Rethinking AV Functional Safety Standards
Regulators, safety lobbyists and the automotive industry seek to expand the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing standards to address the safety hazards attributed to errors outside of a potential vehicle malfunction. One such standard is Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF). The SOTIF initiative aims at providing guidance on how to apply safety requirement completeness for AV artificial intelligence systems.

Testing is Critical for Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) have the potential to improve automobile safety and driving convenience, but their complexity requires comprehensive testing and verification systems to ensure safety across all types of traffic, road, and weather conditions.

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January 2020

An Automated Vehicle (AV) Like Me - The Impact of Personality Similarities and Differences Between Humans and AVs
A report that provides insights into how the consumer's perception of safety in an automated vehicle (AV) is influenced by personality traits shared by the rider and the AV.

Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Autonomous Vehicles 4.0
The 2020 autonomous vehicle (AV) guidelines from the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), intended to unify AV deployment efforts across federal departments and agencies.

Implementation Recommendations for Management Procedures for Data Collected via CAV
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been proactive in the development and adoption of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and connected and automated vehicle (CAV) applications. Several programs and their underlying ITS and CAV data systems have been launched successfully but independently of each other. The interaction between CAV/ITS data systems could enhance the collaboration between internal units and minimize duplicated efforts.

Making Autonomous Vehicles Accessible to Persons with Disabilities will Bring New Business Opportunities and Legal Challenges to the Auto Industry
It is expected that self-driving cars will be in high demand in the disability community once they enter the mainstream market. The increased demand is expected to have a strong, positive financial impact to the automotive supply chain and ride share services. Accessible mobility will also present the need to implement standardized guidelines.

Under the Hood: Cyber-criminals Exploit Automotive Industry's Software Features
This report summarizes the cyber threats facing manufacturers in the automotive industry while highlighting methods used by cyber-criminals to infiltrate vehicle software.

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December 2019

Large-Scale Naturalistic Driving Study of Driver Behavior and Interaction with Automation
Researchers from MIT's Advanced Vehicle Technology (MIT-AVT) created a study on semi-autonomous driving experiences to accomplish the following:
  • Collect and analyze data from real-world driving situations
  • Gain an understanding of how human beings interact with vehicle automation technology
  • Identify how technology and other factors related to automated driving can be improved in ways that save lives

Preparing for Success with Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric Vehicles
Automotive manufacturers and supporting operations face disruption from advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, real-time computing, mobility and connectivity. To succeed during this automotive technology transformation, mastery of six core competencies have been identified as essential:
  • Management of large amounts of data
  • Agility of partnerships and mergers
  • Extending the digital supply chain
  • Mastering finances to focus on innovation
  • Focus on the customer experience
  • Workforce agility

V2X - An Important Building Block in Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems
This resource explains how vehicle to everything (V2X) technology connects cars with each other and their surrounding environment. The V2X message provides the exact position, heading, and velocity of a vehicle enabling the prediction of its future position. Automatically exchanging real-time information between vehicles offers improved traffic safety, environmental protection, and supports autonomous driving.

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November 2019

Automation Adoption and Implications for the Automotive Workforce
Automakers and suppliers face opportunities and challenges as they move towards automated machinery and artificial intelligence. The number one challenge reported by manufacturers is finding enough qualified, skilled employees to fill open manufacturing jobs. Educational institutions and industry need to partner with one another to close this talent gap for the future workforce.

Control a Servo with Your Phone Using Bluetooth
Curriculum Resource
Utilizing Bluetooth as a common link, serial communication can control a servo motor to operate a robotic arm with a phone application. Students build on what they learned in the Arduino Make and Control a Servo Arm with Your Computer activity in which students controlled a servo motor with a computer.

Insights into Future Mobility
This study explores the major factors that will affect the evolution of personal motorized vehicles leading up to 2050 and beyond. It provides a detailed review of alternatives to internal combustion engine vehicles, including hybrid gasoline-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Public Perceptions of Autonomous Vehicle Safety - An International Comparison
The safety benefit of autonomous vehicles (AVs) depends on technological advancements and the rate of their adoption. This paper explores the perceptions of AV safety across 51 countries. Higher AV safety perception among the most risk-taking road users and in developing countries coincide areas facing the greatest road safety challenges and most need of improvement.

Queasy Passengers - A Testbed for Motion Sickness in Driverless Vehicles
Understanding the cause of passenger motion sickness can guide autonomous vehicle design and evaluate future strategies to avoid motion sickness.This report focuses on the need for repeatable and reliable methods to measure how passengers respond to acceleration in different directions, and tasks unrelated to driving such as reading or using a handheld device.

Upstream Security Global Automotive Cybersecurity Report
In an effort to understand the cyber attacks targeting connected vehicles and systems, this report analyzes more than 170 cyber attack incidents and their impact on smart mobility. A full list of documented attacks is provided.

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October 2019

Design Air Racer Cars Using Tinkecad - Activity for Grades 6-12:
Curriculum Resource
Students apply various engineering design concepts to design, build, and test an air-powered, electric racing car.

Lidar: Mapping with Lasers - Activity for Grades 6-12 :
Curriculum Resource
Students map a simple landscape using a lidar laser measuring device, then practice transferring data and translating it from one form to another.

MATA October 2019 - Emerging Automotive Technologies and Techniciams:
The changes taking place in the automotive industry have created a need for a new type of automotive engineering technician who can understand computerized electro-mechanical systems, high voltage battery systems, and the use of mixed materials and advanced joining techniques.

Semiconductors in the Autonomous Age 2019:
New technology is frequently the key differentiator for consumers when they are making a vehicle purchase. Semiconductors are integral to the electronics that supports automotive technologies such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), infotainment; laser headlights, head-up displays and more.

Summary of Best Practices in Electric Vehicle Ordinanaces:
This guide is a representative sample of electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) ordinances from cities throughout the Unites States (U.S.). It is intended as a reference for U.S. cities seeking to develop EV zoning standards or development regulations.

Technology Roadmap - Materials and Manufacturing:
Several factors can affect the automotive industry's progress on material technology in the coming decades. They include fuel economy regulations, added weight due to batteries, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), comfort features, increasing durability requirements for shared vehicles, and safety.

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September 2019

Automated Vehicle Safety Expert Panel: Engaging Drivers and Law Enforcement:
An expert panel provided recommendations for State Highway Safety Offices and the broader safety community. This report recommends collaboration on a number of steps, including:
  • Develop and deploy consistent, honest safety messages to the public about all forms of automation, from driver assistance features to full self-driving capabilities.
  • Maintain a focus on today's ongoing traffic safety challenges, such as impaired driving, speeding, failure to buckle up, distracted driving and sharing the road with non-motorized users.
  • Develop and deploy uniform policy and training for police, first responders and court officials about responding to and investigating AV crashes.

Dream Big Robot Challenge:
Curriculum Resource
Students explore a shipwreck located near dangerous obstacles on the ocean floor with a humanoid robot. Through role playing, they will learn how to program the robotic explorer and complete a mission without damaging the robot.
The activity was intended to accompany the IMAX movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World". Students can prepare for the activity by watching the movie and learning how engineering affects our daily lives.

LED Holiday Card:
Curriculum Resource
In this creative STEM activity, students will learn how batteries provide energy to smaller circuits by converting chemical potential into electrical energy flow.
The activity was intended to accompany the IMAX movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World". Students can prepare for the activity by watching the movie and learning how engineering affects our daily lives.

Lidar - Mapping with Lasers:
Curriculum Resource
Students map a simple landscape using a lidar laser measuring device, then practice transferring data and translating it from one form to another. Lidar (which stands for "light detection and ranging") is a technique used by scientists and engineers to measure distances and create maps by bouncing laser light off surfaces.
Lidar is being used for mapping landscapes to make maps, checking the speed of cars, and guiding self-driving cars. The activity was intended to accompany the IMAX movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World". Students can prepare for the activity by watching the movie and learning how engineering affects our daily lives.

Technical Advancements and the Legal Considerations of Autonomous Vehicles:
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are complex and their development presents a broad range of technological and regulatory challenges. In addition, automotive manufacturers and component suppliers face legal obstacles, such as the protection of their intellectual property (patents, copyrights, and trade secrets), data privacy and security and product liability.
The report includes a technology overview of autonomous vehicles and addresses the Federal legislation to regulate the development and deployment of AVs.

Technology Roadmap: Intelligent Mobility Technologies:
The direction and speed of advancements in intelligent mobility and connected and automated vehicle technologies depend on multiple factors. This report presents current and future connected and automated vehicle technology trends and offers findings that can affect future advancements including:
  • Technology readiness
  • Infrastructure
  • Industry collaborations
  • Regulations and policies
  • Social acceptance

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