WELCOME TO CARS
The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford
Program Director: Prof. Chris Gerdes
Executive Director: Sven Beiker, PhD
CARS is the interdisciplinary automotive affiliates program at Stanford University. The vision of CARS is to create a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines at Stanford with leading industry researchers to radically re-envision the automobile for unprecedented levels of safety, performance, sustainability, and enjoyment. Our mission is to discover, build, and deploy the critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers.
CARS acts as an automotive community to encourage automotive research and education.
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Recent CARS News
Open Garage Talk with Carlos Ghosn - Video Recording Available
On April 1 CARS co-hosted an Open Garage Talk with Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In his address "Driving Technology: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Cars and the Future of the Automobile." he talked about future vehicle technologies and innovation in a global automobile alliance. After Mr. Ghosn's introductory remarks, Robert Burgelman, Professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, moderated an open discussion forum. A video recording is now available.
Prof. Nass on NPR - "The Myth of Multi Tasking"
How long can you go without checking email, or glancing at your smartphone? Prof. Clifford Nass discussed with NPR's Ira Flatow at the May 10 "Science Friday" show. He explained how today's nonstop multitasking actually wastes more time than it saves - and he says there's evidence it may be killing our concentration and creativity too.
CARS Annual Report 2012 Available for Download
The CARS Annual Report for the year 2012 has been published and gives an overview of the activities that Stanford's automotive industry affiliates program organized and supported during the year. It summarizes community events, teaching activities, and research initiations that CARS was involved in on Stanford campus and beyond. The report also gives an outlook for some of the topics that the program plans to pursue in the next year, such as research workshops and further project initiation.