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The GM Collaborative Research Lab @ Carnegie Mellon University’s four research thrusts are Dependable Embedded Systems, Design Methodologies, Human Computer Interaction, and Wired and Wireless Multimedia. Smart Car Demo


Dependable Embedded Systems

Goal: To improve automotive safety and reliability by adapting vehicle electronic configurations and functionality in situations in which the vehicle, the driver, or both are not operating at peak effectiveness.

Methods: Create and demonstrate new architectures, methodologies, and tools that result in fundamental advances within GM core technology related to the distributed embedded system lifecycle.

Design Methodologies

Goal: To enable vehicle-level design, simulation, and validation of the computer system for the automobile of the future.

Methods:

  • Design and analyze complex systems that include both hardware and software models.
  • Detect logical errors in embedded computing systems.
  • Investigate and develop a semantic model to which all vehicle-level computation will be consistently specified and simulated.

Human Computer Interaction

Goal: To improve security and driver-vehicle interfaces by building a car that is capable of analyzing the driver's intention and watching the physical and mental status of the driver for any impairments or information overload.

Methods: Focus efforts around the Driver Information Cycle:

  • Acquire information from the driver and the environment.
  • Process and manage the information.
  • Present the information to the driver.

Wired and Wireless Multimedia

Goal: To enable the exchange of information between vehicles on the road, between vehicles and fixed network access points, and between vehicles and portable appliances within the vehicles, using wireless communications systems.

Methods:

  • Conduct research into reliable, cost-effective communications systems that support the vision of the automobile as a multimedia information platform.
  • Meet communication needs ranging from the exchange of short messages containing traffic and road hazard information to the delivery of multimedia entertainment.
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