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Vehicular Communications for Cooperative Safety Systems

Thursday, October 7

Part of the Fall 2010 Advanced Transportation Technologies Seminar Series.

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About the Seminar

The next quantum leap in vehicle safety is represented by cooperative systems where vehicles exchange critical safety information among themselves and with the roadside infrastructure. The research community has already developed a set of new communication standards and built prototype systems demonstrating the feasibility and high potential introduced by cooperation among road users. However, key areas such as security and smart channel load control techniques still need to be addressed.

In this seminar, Luca Delgrossi will discuss his team's contribution to the development of 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology, including their participation in the first installation of the system at an intersection in Atherton, California. Delgrossi will also detail the technology's advantages and limitations, and discuss how 5.9 GHz DSRC can be used by automotive OEMs to enhance safety.


Luca Delgrossi, Director, Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

Delgrossi's team in Palo Alto, California, has contributed to the development of 5.9 GHz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology since the early stages and helped install the first 5.9 GHz DSRC intersection at 5th and El Camino Real in Atherton, California. In 2008, the team publicly demonstrated a Mercedes-Benz S-550 coming to stop automatically upon detection of an imminent red light violation at an instrumented intersection at the ITS World Congress in New York, New York.

Delgrossi, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science, also serves as chairman of the board of directors at the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Consortium and is co-editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine Automotive Networking and Applications Series.

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