The Third Symposium on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles: Smart City Alignment for Roadway Technologies (The SMART Symposium)
The SMART Symposium will bring industry, government and academia together to explore the future directions in research and deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies in our region. Similar to the last year’s symposium, many wireless communication technologies such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I), Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (I2V), and Vehicle-to-Other (V2O) that can be used to improve our transportation system will be the justifypiece of this meeting. However, this year’s symposium broadens its scope by looking at some of the emerging trends and challenges automating the task of driving. Initially these technologies can be seen as aids that deliver enhanced safety, comfort and convenience; however, in the long run, they can emerge as autonomous self-driving entities that efficiently share a common infrastructure that accommodates all levels of automation as well as bicycles, pedestrians and other entities that currently use our roadways.
The ultimate goal of the second symposium is, however, to continue build an active community of researchers, industry and government partners to work towards to goal of supporting exciting developments in the area of connected and self-driving vehicles that may well revolutionize our transportation systems in many ways. The symposium will be the place for all the stakeholders in our region to meet, exchange ideas and develop a long-term vision to put NY and NJ in the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicles activities in the world.
One of the most important goals of the symposium is to explore ideas for building an interactive virtual community for all the stakeholders to stay in touch beyond this one day symposium with the goal of expediting the development of a unique test-bed in the NY-NJ region. In addition to technical issues, political and institutional challenges when trying to develop a test-bed for testing and evaluation connected and self-driving vehicles will be discussed. A series of action items based on data and research needs that will move our region towards the deployment of a unique test-bed will be identified.
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