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CCAT Featured Research: Augmented Reality Project in IEEE Spectrum

Adding simulated vehicles to closed-course testing can train robocars to handle even the most unlikely scenarios.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  CEE Professor Henry Liu discussing Mcity simulation.

As discussions around fully autonomous vehicles have become the norm in households, concerns regarding their integration on our roadways arise. New vehicles require road testing to ensure safe operation is possible, and facilities like Mcity and American Center for Mobility provide researchers with closed courses to perform this analysis. While these applications are useful to researchers, it can also be costly, which is where computer simulation comes into play. An augmented-reality environment was built in Mcity to allow for this type of testing with autonomous vehicles. Through the simulation, researchers are able to put their real-world vehicle to the test against virtual cars in a multitude of senarios and edge cases. CCAT Director Henry Liu, and research scientists Shan Bao and Yiheng Feng developed procedures and testing scenarios that could be applied to the Mcity facility. You can learn more about the research project by reading the UTC Form or the Final Project Form. You can also read the full IEEE Spectrum article here.

This article was originally posted by the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation. Read the original article here.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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