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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles

By: Scott S. Washburn, Ph.D., PE and Leslie D. Washburn, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles

It has been approximately 100 years since the motorized vehicle replaced the horse and buggy. The future of highway transportation is now undergoing another major revolution as engineers across numerous disciplines (transportation, automotive, technology, etc.) work towards moving the responsibility of driving the automobile from human to machine, see figure. The development of cars driven completely without aid by a human driver (i.e., driverless cars), commonly referred to as 'automated' vehicles, will certainly give more appropriate meaning to the term 'auto'-mobile.

Example of future highway
Example of a future highway 
Source: USDOT

In this course, you will learn about:

  • the terminology being used in the field of automated highway vehicles,
  • examples of government legislation being implemented to facilitate the future of automated vehicles,
  • the technologies being used in automated vehicles,
  • automated vehicle engineering research and standards under development, and
  • potential impacts of automated vehicles on traffic flow and roadway design.
208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
William J. Flick
01/16/2019
Verified Buyer
Very informative course on an evolving technology. Also appreciated the insights into how today's design standards may or may not change with the advent of self-driving cars.
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Robert Wallace
01/10/2019
Verified Buyer
Excellent course with solid foundation of current technologies, terminologies and potential impact of automated vehicles
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John Dickert
01/03/2019
Verified Buyer
Good course about future highways and automated vehicles. The answers to the test questions were fairly easy to find by reading the text. I feel better driving on the Interstate Highways now that I see good future plans.
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Wallace Krawitzky
12/31/2018
Verified Buyer
Great course and very interesting.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Paul Niffenegger, P.E.
12/27/2018
Verified Buyer
NIFFCO Engineering P.C.
Comprehensive, illustrated overview of the topic, with a good reference document included. Speed=flow calculation examples are included, although not tested.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Sam
12/20/2018
Verified Buyer
Good. Very searchable.
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Lawrence E. Ortiz
12/16/2018
Verified Buyer
Great course! Good content and very interesting
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gregg.oneal@ncdenr.gov
12/13/2018
Verified Buyer
Very informative automated vehicles are the future.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Joe Rammage
12/13/2018
Verified Buyer
Good information and interesting topic. Enjoyed the course study. Information is well presented.
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david verzwyvelt
12/12/2018
Verified Buyer
Interesting I enjoyed learning more details about self-driving vehicles.
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John Jarrell
12/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Very Informative, I learned a lot about Automated Vehicles now and future development.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Rick Shilling
12/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent
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David Byrne
12/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Contained good information, but should add more technical info for engineering.
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Peter Parsonson
12/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent, first-rate course
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Dan
12/03/2018
Verified Buyer
The material is well written and well organized. This class is not highly technical but provides an interesting overview of this emerging technology.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Charles A. Joyner, Jr.
11/12/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Andrew Craig
10/16/2018
Verified Buyer
I found the course to be a great introduction to the subject matter. It introduced basic concepts and terminology in a clear concise manner. Informative and enjoyable.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Brandon Toepper
08/19/2018
Verified Buyer
Question #1 is incorrect. . . . It didn't make sense - . . .
Portions of the review comments were removed but the reviewer made an excellent observation.
Thank you for the feedback, the test question has been adjusted to provide more clarity.
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V. Ryziw, P.E.
08/03/2018
Verified Buyer
Very comprehensive and extremely informative course. The author presented the complexities of designing and operating Autonomous Vehicles in a well-structured and detailed manner, including Pros and Cons.
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Jim Federici
07/23/2018
Verified Buyer
Thought this was a very good overview of automated vehicles and roadway systems.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
11/29/2017
Verified Buyer
Overall, this was a good summary of what I expected in introduction to automated vehicles. It needs to be expanded as this is a rapidly moving field.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Paul Skoutelas
08/14/2017
Verified Buyer
Very interesting...well organized
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Sabri Ayaz
07/27/2017
Verified Buyer
Easy to follow and very informative.
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Will Dorman
06/29/2017
Verified Buyer
Wow .... Excellent source of information on automated vehicles. I'm now much more knowledgeable on the subject.
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J. Dwight Spivey
05/18/2017
Verified Buyer
Very interesting and informative. Presented in a well organized manner that was easy to relate to.
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Bill Pippine
03/13/2017
Verified Buyer
Great course on the status and future of "driverless" cars. The course gave an complete overview of all the technologies associated with the issue as well as potential changes. (The course did miss one major economic impact. With driverless cars, there will be no speeding, no speeding fines and a loos revenue for municipalities.)
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Greg
02/27/2017
Verified Buyer
Good presentation of information with graphics and examples. Very relevant to current technologies and trends in this emerging industry. Worth the "premium" to learn something useful.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
James A.Speer
02/11/2017
Verified Buyer
This was a very good general course that explained the differences in autonomous, automated and connected vehicles and the terminology used in this research. I can foresee this technology being used more on rural fully controlled access facilitiies where uninterrupted flow is expected in travel.
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Anonymous
02/10/2017
Verified Buyer
Good introduction to automated and connected vehicle topics and technologies.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Kenneth Carpenter Jr
02/10/2017
Verified Buyer
Found the course to be very informative and easily understandable.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Tom Reedy
02/09/2017
Verified Buyer
The statement for question 17 is misleading. . . .
A portion of the review was omitted because it addressed specific test questions and answers.
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Mark Forrest
01/20/2017
Verified Buyer
Great course. Answer #... is wrong.
A portion of the review was omitted because it addressed specific test questions and answers.
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Michael Bywaletz
01/09/2017
Very good information relevant to now.
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Donald Imsand
12/29/2016
excellent course
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Andrew
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent opening salvo into Automated Vehicles. The course is well organized and referenced.
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208-Future Highways - Automated Vehicles
Sean Anderson
12/05/2016
Verified Buyer
Nice intro to autonomous cars. Hope this all comes to fruition in my lifetime! (I'm almost 50...)
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Very good course!
Stan Cann
07/26/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent introduction to automated vehicles. Interesting, well structured and easy to follow.
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Excellant Course
John
10/24/2015
Verified Buyer
Clear and concise presentation. Much information on issues involved in optimizing transportation sector of society.
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anonymous
04/13/2015
Very informative and detailed course.
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anonymous
02/26/2015
Very informative and well explained.
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Samson Sie Shing Yao
02/26/2015
This is a 4 hours course and perhaps it should go a little deeper into the principle and practice related to today's situation as well as future development.
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Review of Automated Vehicles & Infrastructure
Shaun MacKenzie
02/22/2015
A good course to give you and update on current technologies and policies and infrastructure associated with it.
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Chris Rahaim
02/16/2015
Great Class. Very relevant material. Applicable especially for any engineer working in transportation to help understand how the transportation system must continue to evolve.
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anonymous
01/21/2015
Question 17 includes "maintenance crews", however, the phrase "maintenance crews" does not appear anywhere in the document.
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basic class good intro
Curtis
01/01/2015
I think what is a large concern that no one wants to admit that all professionals should be aware of.

New cars are susceptable to hacking thanks to parking assist and bluetooth. Very concerning. Imagine a USA full of automated cars that are all hacked with a common virus... "All cars: Accelerate and turn left at 6pm on this date". The reprocussions are disasterous and VERY POSSIBLE. We are not ready for this technology to be implemented. We have boldly stepped into an area that technology could result in more death and destruction in one minute than we have seen before. We are not secure and have a responsibility to proceed with caution! Educate professionals to be aware of this.

Author Response:

The reviewer raises an important point. Security of the vehicle communication and electronic systems is a major concern, even for current vehicles, and especially for autonomous/automated vehicles of the future.

All of the constituents involved in this field (USDOT, ITS America, vehicle manufacturers, etc.) have this concern at the forefront of the discussions

involving standards, protocols, technologies, and so on. While this is an

important topic, it was beyond the scope of this particular course."

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anonymous
12/20/2014
Very informative and well presented and coordinated with the test.
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Luke Turgeon
12/19/2014
This is a very futuristic subject. The course provides details of the current status both technically and politically.
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Price: $90.00
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Course Code: 100250-01
Course PDH Hours: 4
Engineering Course Approvals
  • This course is accepted for engineering continuing education credit in all states.
  • Ohio rules allow only 6-hours of unsupervised online courses such as this course per license renewal period

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