Part 1 of this series discussed the state of the art exemplified by the Tesla accident on May 7, 2016, in Williston, Fla. Part 2 suggested improvements based on experience in the process industries. Here, I focus on the hardware needs of smart car technology, particularly the sensors and chips needed to detect, evaluate and respond to detected conditions. I will start with the chips, their memory size, speed and artificial intelligence quotient (AIQ, see sidebar). I'll also mention the challenges posed by the need for periodic updates of the fleet's software with revisions. Smart cars are supercomputers on wheels that take in information from sensors (radar to identify…Full Story
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