Date of Award:

4-2013

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Chris Winstead

Abstract

Safety is a paramount concern when considering implementation of an automated highway where computers control the vehicles. Even with computer-fast reaction time there is inevitably some delay and if vehicles do not follow at safe distances, emergency braking maneuvers can cause dangerous collisions. This research investigates situations that might make automated vehicles have dangerous collisions and what standards the system design must hold to keep passengers safe.

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