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SAE NEWS

MOON SHOT AS METAPHOR
FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE
TECHNOLOGY
THE TRANSITION from manual to autonomous driving
is something of a moon shot, according to a Pittsburgh
company on the cutting edge of autonomous vehicle
technology development.
"Self-driving is a very difficult problem, akin to
getting 250,000 miles to moon," Aurora Chief Product
Officer and Co-Founder Sterling Anderson told about
50 attendees at SAE International's Pittsburgh Meetup
on Innovations in Mobility on February. 27. "If we are
to solve self-driving, we believe that it takes both the
experience of recognizing how far that distance really
is, and of acknowledging early on the infrastructure that
has to be built to get there."
Also speaking at the event, which was hosted by
Aurora at its Pittsburgh office, were Paul Mascarenas,
SAE International President; Karina Ricks, the city of
Pittsburgh's Director of the new Department of Mobility
and Infrastructure; and Tara Andringa, Manager of
Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a new
national coalition to educate the public and policymakers
about the potential of automated vehicles.
Part of the infrastructure that Anderson referred to
is hardware and software technology. At Aurora, the
MIT Ph.D. said, "We've put lot of time and effort into
development of a custom set of hardware, specifically
focused on this nexus that is the computer: everything
from a custom set of power-distribution and conditioning

Speakers at the Pittsburgh Meetup on Innovations in Mobility were (left to right)
Tara Andringa, Manager of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE); Paul
Mascarenas, SAE International President; Sterling Anderson, Aurora Chief Product
Officer and Co-Founder; and Karina Ricks, the city of Pittsburgh's Director of the
Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.
systems to a new networking switch that is, as far as I know, the first of
its kind in the world, that supports a number of automotive protocols
but also supports a lot of time-sensitive networking that previously, I
think, has not been available to this degree in a package like this."

About 50 people and two Aurora test vehicles were present for the event.
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Momentum - April 2019
Contents
A better MOMENTUM
Briefs
Reliability overhaul: a lesson in resilience
Turbulence on the track
Full circle
Lap simulation tool shows the way
Baja SAE technical inspection
VW’s MEB platform: a modularity enabler
The F-22 Raptor gets its first metallic 3D-printed part
SAE 101: WCX 2019
Moon shot as metaphor for autonomous vehicle technology
DOSSIER: Greg Sawvelle
Momentum - April 2019 - Momentum - April 2019
Momentum - April 2019 - Cover2
Momentum - April 2019 - Contents
Momentum - April 2019 - A better MOMENTUM
Momentum - April 2019 - Briefs
Momentum - April 2019 - Reliability overhaul: a lesson in resilience
Momentum - April 2019 - 5
Momentum - April 2019 - Turbulence on the track
Momentum - April 2019 - 7
Momentum - April 2019 - Full circle
Momentum - April 2019 - 9
Momentum - April 2019 - Lap simulation tool shows the way
Momentum - April 2019 - 11
Momentum - April 2019 - Baja SAE technical inspection
Momentum - April 2019 - VW’s MEB platform: a modularity enabler
Momentum - April 2019 - The F-22 Raptor gets its first metallic 3D-printed part
Momentum - April 2019 - SAE 101: WCX 2019
Momentum - April 2019 - Moon shot as metaphor for autonomous vehicle technology
Momentum - April 2019 - 17
Momentum - April 2019 - DOSSIER: Greg Sawvelle
Momentum - April 2019 - 19
Momentum - April 2019 - 20
Momentum - April 2019 - Cover3
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