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David Logan
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Engineering background with a strong focus on multidisciplinary research and translation of research into societal benefits
Engineering background with a strong focus on multidisciplinary research and translation of research into societal benefits

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I have just watched the scary footage released by Tempe Police in Arizona showing the last few frames of the fatal crash between a self-driving vehicle and pedestrian.

Some commenters noted that it was unlikely the pedestrian was visible to the driver as it was dark and she appeared 'out of nowhere'. However, it is worth noting that the car can 'see' more than the human driver – the radar and LIDAR systems are running continuously. She emerged from the left side and photographs show the vehicle hit her towards the right side of the front end, which means to me that the vehicle systems should have seen and responded to the appearance of a moving object.

Perhaps the fact that she was walking a bicycle caused her LIDAR 'signature' to have confused the detection system?

More details will no doubt emerge as the NTSB investigation into this tragic, yet pivotal, event runs its course.
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It's obviously a publicity video, but does a great job explaining how Waymo (by Google) vehicles perceive the world around them. The technology has come a long way in the last couple of years.

#selfdrivingcars #Waymo
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The iconic Monash University Rotunda building was opened in 1967, but has now been demolished to make way for a $45m redevelopment of the Alexander Theatre complex. Just one of many infrastructure developments going on seemingly endlessly here on the Clayton Campus. The newly-opened teaching/learning building can be seen in the background.

#MUARCResearch #monash
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Interesting to see Qantas taking a scientific approach to preserving the sanity of passengers on longer and longer international flights.
#Qantas #theage
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This is a good summary of the impending technologies and issues relating to automated vehicles, with some of the opinions of the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) thrown in for good measure.

#automated_vehicles
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TAC's latest campaign, "Rethink Speed", was launched on Monday. ECIS Project Coordinator Tandy Pok Arundell and I were technical advisors on the shoot.

Have a look at the ad and the "Behind the Scenes" videos here.

#vehicle_safety
#pole_impact
Rethink Speed
Rethink Speed
towardszero.vic.gov.au
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A dramatic example of cars being built for the market... Surely Mexican customers (and no doubt in other markets also) don't deserve to be treated so much more poorly than those in the US!
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TAC’s Graham ‘born’ this morning in the Cowen Gallery at the State Library of Victoria!

Visit him in person to explore his unique physiology or visit him on the web!

#MeetGraham
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Was lucky enough to be invited to the first phase of the launch of the TAC "Meet Graham" campaign.

This exciting project combines art and science to create an interpretation of how humans might evolve to be better able to withstand road crashes.

The result, to be revealed next week, is guaranteed to surprise! It will hopefully inspire more discussion about the TAC Toward Zero campaign, aimed at eliminating death and serious injury on the roads of Victoria.

Check out the website and prepare for the main event next Thursday 21/07.

#MeetGraham
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The Monash University Accident Research Centre is now active on Twitter! Follow to stay updated with our research.
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