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SAE International Announces New Autonomous Vehicle Competition

 

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Tennessee native Benjamin “Ben” Perlin divides his time between numerous different hobbies and interests. He is a photographer, philanthropist, and engineering enthusiast. Benjamin Perlin belongs to the Middle Tennessee Robotics Club and helped build the electronics for a racecar for the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, a global organization that promotes and develops automotive engineering and aerospace, recently announced a new competition focused on autonomous technology. Developed through a partnership with General Motors (GM), the competition is called the AutoDrive Challenge and is part of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series. It will task college students with developing and demonstrating an autonomous driving passenger vehicle.

SAE International and GM plan to hold this competition over the course of three years. Up to 10 teams from universities will be asked to join the first AutoDrive Challenge competition and SAE International will announce these inaugural teams in April 2017. Participating students will receive a Chevrolet Bolt EV from GM to use as the platform for their vehicle and will develop cars that will allow for testing and modification. SAE International and GM hope that students will focus their designs on such technologies as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and vehicle sensors.

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Three Useful Innovations in Robotics

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Robotic pharmacist
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Benjamin (“Ben”) Perlin works at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which resells building materials at affordable prices. With a focus on disciplines such as neuroscience and computer engineering during his postsecondary education, Benjamin Perlin developed and maintains an interest in robotics.

The integration of artificial intelligence and robotics has led to the creation of useful robotic innovations, including the following:

Robotic pharmacist. Since 2011, the University of California, San Francisco, has used an automated hospital pharmacy that safely dispenses medication. The system was recognized for reducing the risk of human error, which mostly manifests itself during the selection and delivery of medication. The robotic pharmacist packages, labels, and stores the medication according to a patient’s needs.

– Japan’s robot hotel. The Henn-na Hotel in Japan integrates advanced technology to make all of its services efficient and automated. From its multilingual robot receptionists to its porter robots, Japan’s robot hotel has revolutionized customer service. The Henn-na Hotel also utilizes a face recognition program for hassle-free registration and room access.

Digital barista. Coffee company and manufacturer Briggo replaced baristas with automated coffee kiosks capable of delivering brewed coffee in less than 30 seconds. Through an online account, customers can customize their coffee preferences and order it at any Briggo machine.