CARS News and Events

TRB Workshop on Road Vehicle Automation at Stanford - Registration Closing Soon
Posted Jun 26, 2013 - 10:00AM
The Transportation Research Board’s second annual Workshop on Road Vehicle Automation will be held at Stanford on July 16-19. This four-day event, which is co-hosted by the Center for Internet and Society and also supported by CARS, focuses on challenges and opportunities related to the increasing automation of motor vehicles as well as the environments in which they operate. Registration is still open but it is expected to close soon when reaching maximum capacity of 200 attendees from academia, private and public sector. All Stanford attendees are expected to register officially, which also applies to organizers and affiliates.

TEDxStanford Videos Now Online: Prof. Cliff Nass on Multitasking
Post Jun 26, 2013 - 9:30AM
Last May, Stanford held its second TEDxStanford, which showcased breakthrough ideas in science and technology, off-the-charts arts and more. The talks by Stanford researchers are now archived on the university's YouTube channel. Prof. Cliff Nass also gave a talk when he discussed strategies to help people build relationships by watching what succeeds and what fails in human interfaces with technology.

Automotive News visits Automotive Research at Stanford - CARS and Revs Featured
Posted June 6, 2013 - 12:00PM
Automotive News, one of the leading newspapers covering the automotive industry, visited Stanford's automotive groups to get an update on research projects, education programs, and industry interactions. The reporter interviewed different faculty, students, and staff for an article that features also the CARS and Revs programs. An online version of the article is available and gives a good overview on automotive topics at Stanford.

"Electric Vehicle Design" Project Presentation and Reception - Stanford, June 6, 5:00pm
Posted May 22, 2013 - 12:00PM
At the end of the spring quarter, students instructed by Prof. Chris Gerdes and Sven Beiker will present their prototypes from the "Electric Vehicle Design" class. The course gives students a platform to exchange ideas regarding electric vehicles and prototype their concepts. At the end of the term they will show their electric kart, dune buggy, tall bike, and more at an informal gathering at VAIL. Students, faculty, and affiliates are invited to celebrate results from the class and the end of the quarter.

Prof. Nass on NPR - "The Myth of Multi Tasking"
Posted May 13, 2013 - 11:00AM
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.

Open Garage Talk with Carlos Ghosn - Video Recording Available
Posted May 10, 2013 - 11:30AM
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.

Wireless Charging - The Solution for Range Anxiety?
Posted Mar 6, 2013 - 3:00PM
As battery capacity for electric vehicles remains to be limited, the range of operation and with it the anxiety of EV drivers to run out of power remains a challenge. While a lot of work is being done to improve the energy storage capabilities of batteries, wireless power transfer to the moving vehicle might solve the range problem once and for all. Euronews features a story on the Stanford research in this field discussing the ultimate vision for such a scenario.

Chris Bangle Lecture "Designing Difference in a World of Sameness" - Recording Available
Posted Jan 9, 2013 - 6:30PM
On Nov 26 CARS and the Revs Program at Stanford hosted an Open Garage Talk by Chris Bangle, former BMW Group Head of Design. His talk "Designing Difference in A World of Sameness", which covered many examples of Chris Bangle's tenure at BMW and his design consulting firm, was one of the most popular events CARS has ever hosted as it was attended by about 200 people. A video recording is now available online.

CARS Annual Report 2012 Available for Download
Posted Dec 7, 2012 - 5:30PM
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.

Vehicle-Communication Affiliates Program Launching - Industry Support Sought
Posted Nov 19, 2012 - 6:30PM
The CARS program has been working for about one year on launching a new program to investigate vehicle communication solutions for safer and more efficient mobility. Now the Vehicle-Communication Affiliates Program (V-CAP) is being launched with the goal to explore the applications of 4G/LTE mobile cellular networks to complement V2V and V2I systems, for which industry support is being sought. Interested companies are asked to contact CARS to become founding members of the program.

BBC Coverage on Prof. Gerdes' Work on Automated Vehicles
Posted Nov 1, 2012 - 7:30PM
A BBC team of technology journalists visited Prof. Chris Gerdes' research group at Thunderhill Raceway to witness the work that is being undertaken on automating vehicles to perform as well as the best human drivers in situations when the average driver might be overwhelmed with the vehicle control task. The research, that aims in the long-run to make production vehicles more autonomous and safer, also includes the ultimate competition human again machine.

Autonomous Vehicles Zoom into the Fast Lane - Podium Discussion with Chris Gerdes
Posted Nov 1, 2012 - 6:00PM
The Atlantic's Big Science Summit was held in San Jose, CA on October 31, when Prof. Chris Gerdes discussed the research accomplishments that were demonstrated with the automated Audi TTS in mastering the Pikes Peak mountain road as well as the recent racetrack testing at Thunderhill Raceway. He also pointed out that the technology that is currently being researched on raceways will eventually transform into essential safety features in typical passenger cars.

Information on Courses / Class Projects with Automotive / Mobility Context
Posted Aug 26, 2012 - 10:00AM
At the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year, CARS updated its web portal for students to find comprehensive information on automotive and mobility related classes. This portal also intends to provide industry partners with more information on student activities at Stanford to get engaged in respective lecture series or class projects. The topics range from vehicle dynamics to legal considerations and business strategies to urban studies and beyond.

Autonomous Race Car Tested at Thunderhill Raceway, Getting Close to Professional Drivers
Posted Aug 13, 2012 - 11:00PM
Prof. Chris Gerdes and his research group took their self-driving Audi TTS to the Thunderhill Raceway and reached racing speeds around 120 mph which resulted in 2-1/2 minutes lap times for the 3 mls course, a time that rivals those posted by professional drivers. The technology is being researched with the goal of becoming an onboard co-pilot that helps the driver steer out of a dangerous situation. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better.

Prof. Gerdes' Talks about Autonomous Race Cars and Human Intuition at TEDx
Posted Jul 31, 2012 - 4:30AM
Prof. Chris Gerdes gave a talk at the TEDxStanford event on May 19, which was now posted on the TED main website. In his inspiring presentation he reveals how his team is developing autonomous race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Prof. Gerdes says they have gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers.

Talk by Sven Beiker on the Future and Challenges of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
Posted Jul 30, 2012 - 4:30PM
Sven Beiker discussed autonomous and connected vehicles at the "Innovations for Smart Green Cities: What's Working, What's Not, What's Next" conference. The event was hosted by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on June 26-27, 2012. A video recording of the talk that highlights technology and policy challenges is now available.

Innovative Vehicle Concepts on Stage - Showcase on June 12
Posted May 25, 2012 - 7:00PM
CARS is hosting the second Vehicle Concept Showcase on June 12, 4-6pm at VAIL. The event features 7 innovative vehicle concepts and their creators in a 1-hour drive through with brief Q&A sessions, followed by a networking reception. The last showcase in 2010 attracted more than 100 students, faculty, affiliates that got together do see the vehicle concepts, discuss mobility solutions, and network over food & drinks.

CTV in Canada Interviews Sven Beiker about the Vision for Autonomous Driving
Posted May 11, 2012 - 6:00PM
Marcia MacMillan, Anchor at CTV News Channel in Toronto, discussed with Sven Beiker in a live interview where autonomous driving is headed and when those vehicles will be widely deployed. Sparked by the recent developments in Nevada, with license plates being given out to autonomous (test) vehicles, the topic gained additional popularity so that it was featured in the prime time news of CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster.

Chairman of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, Visits CARS and GSB
Posted May 4, 2012 - 7:30PM
The Chairman of Ferrari, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, visited Stanford University on April 24. While the main reason for his visit was an invitation to the "View from the Top" speaker series, which is now available as an online video recording, he also met with CARS Directors at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab to discuss trends in automotive research, education, and product development.

Stanford's Revs Program Sponsors Film Series Celebrating Cars and Car Culture
Posted Feb 7, 2012 - 11:00AM
This year the Revs Program at Stanford – an academic study of all things car – in collaboration with the Department of Art & Art History showcases cars and car culture in American cinema with Driven: A Car Culture Film Series. The film series explores the dynamic relationship between the cinema and the profound social impact of the automobile during the 20th century. The monthly film screenings are free and open to the public.

People at CARS - Updated Directory of Directors and Collaborators Online Now
Posted Feb 3, 2012 - 5:30PM
The CARS website was updated with a database of faculty and researchers at Stanford, who work in automotive related fields. The directory contains a list of more than 30 individuals conducting research on many different topics that apply directly or indirectly to the automobile and mobility in departments and research centers across the university. CARS is assisting its affiliates in establishing contacts with researchers upon request.

Wireless Power Could Revolutionize Highway Transportation
Posted Feb 2, 2012 - 6:30PM
Stanford researchers around Professor Shanhui Fan have designed a new technology that could lead to wireless charging of electric vehicles while they cruise down the highway. This research program, which the CARS affiliates have been following almost from its beginnings, is now being joined by Prof. Michael Lepech in Civil & Environmental Engineering, who will be investigating the roadside implementation of the concept. The Stanford report was covering the recent developments.

A Glimpse Into The Future Of Mobility From Stanford's Car Gurus
Posted Jan 10, 2012 - 10:30AM
Researchers at the Center for Automotive Research are working on all sorts of things--from autonomous cars to wireless charging. But what trends do they see affecting how we get places in the more immediate future? Co.Exist, an online version of the FastCompany Magazine, spoke with Sven Beiker to find out more about what CARS is doing, and what main trends they see the automobile taking in the near future.

CARS Seminar "The Future of the Automobile" - Preliminary Schedule for Winter Quarter
Posted Dec 13, 2011 - 7:00PM
The preliminary schedule for the CARS seminar class "The Future of the Automobile" has been published. The lectures will be held from January 10 to March 13 with invited guest speakers from academia and industry. The speakers will present their findings and visions regarding autonomous driving, vehicle electrification, media integration, and mobility concepts. All lectures will be held Tuesdays 12:15-1:05PM and are open to affiliates.

CARS Annual Report 2011 Available for Download
Posted Dec 12, 2011 - 7:00PM
The CARS Annual Report for the year 2011presents a summary of events and activities that Stanford's automotive industry affiliates program supported over the year. It highlights classes, workshops, community events, and research programs that CARS helped to initiate on Stanford campus. In addition it gives an outlook for some of the topics that the program plans to pursue in the next year, such as connected mobility and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Invitation: Connected Mobility Expert Roundtable - Oct 17, 1-3PM
Posted Oct 11, 2011 - 8:00PM
CARS is hosting an expert discussion on connected mobility. The objective of the roundtable event, that is expected to be attended by 12-15 faculty, students, industry partners, is to bring academia and industry together and discuss expectations, challenges, and solutions for connected mobility. The goal for the event is to identify research directions that will enable reliable and enjoyable communication applications for vehicles.
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Automotive Research at Stanford University - 15min Video Summary of Topics and Trends
Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 6:30PM
Sven Beiker, Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford - CARS, gave a presentation to incoming graduate students with interest in energy related topics. The 15 min presentation, that is now available as a video recording, explains the different fields of car related research in the different disciplines at Stanford and also gives a good general overview of mobility related topics at the university.

Stanford Fiscal Year 2010/2011 - 4 New CARS Affiliates and 2 New Automotive Programs
Posted Sep 13, 2011 - 1:00PM
During the past fiscal year (9/1/10 - 8/31/11) the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford welcomed four new industry partners: PACCAR, Volvo Cars, Hyundai, and BMW. The automotive affiliates program at Stanford is proud to now have 10 affiliated companies. Over the past twelve months, CARS also helped to establish new automotive research programs at Stanford which emphasize the growing automotive interest on campus.

Video: Prof. Nass Talks About the Interaction of Humans With Rescue Robots
Posted Jul 19, 2011 - 2:00PM
Robots have been making progress in the rescue and recovery arena for more than a decade, and while they have grown more capable at navigating rubble, their people skills have been lacking — a critical obstacle for assisting panicked, injured or young victims. Prof. Clifford Nass is helping address that concern and is talking in an interview with the National Science Foundation about his findings. A video recording is available online.

Sustainable Transportation Seminar - GM EN-V and Chevy Volt - May 13, 2:30PM
Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:30PM
The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) are jointly hosting the next Sustainable Transportation Seminar with the talk and demo "Sustainable Transportation at GM: Volt, EN-V, and Beyond" this coming Friday, May 13, 2:30-4:00PM. The seminar will take place at the Automotive Innovation Facility / Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab.

CBS Smart Planet Coverage on Automotive Research at Stanford
Posted Apr 26, 2011 - 9:00PM
The team from CBS Smart Planet visited the Stanford researchers at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab and produced a video that features the different projects in Stanford's automotive lab. The online documentary features the work from the Dynamic Design Lab, Autonomous Driving Group, and Solar Car Project. Some general directions of automotive research in Silicon Valley are discussed as well.

New Automotive Program Launched at Stanford - Past, Present, and Future of the Automobile
Posted Apr 8, 2011 - 5:30PM
The Revs Program at Stanford was officially announced to the Stanford community, car enthusiasts, and beyond on April 7 with a day-long event "Celebrating the Automobile". The program is dedicated to the history, culture, and social aspects of the automobile bringing together researchers from the humanities, engineering, and more. The initial research focuses on one particular automobile, a 1933 Bentley race car, and will move on to study the cross-influences of the automobile and society.

"Celebrating the Automobile" - Stanford Launches launches Revs Programon April 7
Posted Mar 29, 2011 - 6:00PM
On April 7, during an all-day event called "Celebrating the Automobile," Stanford will launch the Revs Program, a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the study of cars. The program will consider the automobile from cultural, historical and technological perspectives and is intended to have close ties with CARS, Stanford's automotive affiliates program. Prof. Cliff Nass is the Director of the program, Sven Beiker the Executive Director.

CBS / CNET Visited Stanford's Automotive Researchers at VAIL
Posted Nov 30, 2010 - 6:30PM
Rafe Needleman, reporter and tech blogger at CBS / CNET, visited the research groups at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab at Stanford and summarized his impressions in a online photo gallery. The summary features the research projects and missions of the Dynamic Design Lab, CHIMe Lab, Autonomous Driving Group, and Stanford Solar Car Project. It gives an overview of the diversity of automotive topics at Stanford.

Video Blog on Automotive Research at Stanford - Robert Scoble Visited VAIL
Posted Nov 4, 2010 - 7:00PM
Robert Scoble, a video blogger and author, visited the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) to learn more about the automotive research at Stanford . The first part of his documentary is now available as a video blog as he interviews Krisada (Mick) Kritayakirana, PhD student in Prof. Gerdes' Dynamic Design Lab, to learn more about vehicle dynamics control at the limits and the connection to autonomous driving.

"The Future of the Automobile" - Presentations and Discussion Notes from the First 6 Sessions
Posted Oct 26, 2010 - 7:30PM
The CARS seminar "The Future of the Automobile" has covered a great variety of topics during the first half of the autumn quarter. The presentations from the Virtual Vehicle Company, Volkswagen, and the Dynamic Design Lab are available online as well as the discussion notes on topics such as carsharing, trends for individual mobility, and challenges of autonomous driving. All CARS affiliates are invited to the remaining class sessions.
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Webcast on Autonomous Driving - From Research to Public Roads
Posted Oct 22, 2010 - 4:00PM
Sven Beiker, Executive Director at CARS, and Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics and Assoc Professor - Consulting at Stanford, were invited to a webcast roundtable on autonomous driving at It was discussed how autonomous vehicles might make it eventually from research programs to consumer products and what non-technical issues need to be addressed to make this happen.

Lunch Meeting "Life Cycle Cost of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles", Oct 21, 12:15PM
Posted Sep 29, 2010 - 11:00PM
CARS and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Institute at Stanford are hosting a lunch meeting with Prof. Jeremy Michalek of Carnegy Mellon University to discuss a variety of economic and ecologic aspects of PHEVs.The Director of the Design Decisions Laboratory and member of the Green Design Institute at CMU will present his research in the field and will be available for an open discussion during an informal lunch meeting.
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Satellite Navigation Systems and Services - Conference at Stanford Nov 9-10, 2010
Posted Sep 24, 2010 - 4:30PM
The Stanford Center for Position, Navigation, and Time (SCPNT) is hosting its 4th annual Symposium on November 9th &10th 2010. The event primarily focuses on challenges and opportunities of satellite navigation systems and services. CARS affiliates are invited to attend the conference to get an update on GPS and similar systems, as well as to meet experts from academia, industry, and government.
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Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles - New Research Initiated at Stanford
Posted Sep 13, 2010 - 2:30PM
GCEP, Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project, awarded Prof. Shanhui Fan $100k funding for research in the field of "Wireless Power Transfer to Moving Vehicles". The initial investigation that are planned to last 1 year will be supported by CARS with intellectual input and general direction for automotive application of this concept that uses magneto resonance for electric power transfer.
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Technology and the Brain", Prof. Cliff Nass on Science Friday - Sept 3
Posted Sep 2, 2010 - 4:00PM
Prof. Cliff Nass will talk about what the way humans interact with technology can teach about the way they interact with each other. In this segment of the weekly science talk show on NPR, Ira Flatow will talk with Prof. Nass, author of the new book 'The Man Who Lied to his Laptop.' The talk will cover topics on how people communicate with other people, with the technology they use, and how both can be improved.

Prof. Cliff Nass in the WSJ: Sweet Talking Your Computer
Posted Aug 27, 2010 - 4:00PM
In an essay in the Wall Street Journal, Prof. Cliff Nass discusses why people treat devices like humans; saying nice things to a machine to protect its 'feelings'. With examples from the automotive and computer industry he gives insights into the relationship of humans and technology. In an increasingly automated and "device-centric" world, the underlying research has great applicability to the design of cars and systems.

CARS Website Now Offering Comprehensive Information for Students
Posted Aug 26, 2010 - 3:30PM
At the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, CARS created a web portal for students to find comprehensive information on automotive related classes at Stanford and to retrieve topics for class projects, thesis, or other research and education related activities.This portal also intends to provide industry partners with more information on student activities at Stanford to get engaged in the teaching process.

Trip Planning Tool for the Bay Area Launched by PATH - Volunteers Sought
Posted Jul 29, 2010 - 11:30AM
PATH, the Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways at the University of California, launched a smart phone application to support commuters in the US 101-corridor with transit information. The researchers are seeking volunteers to use these travel tools and help to validate their hypothesis and to evaluate the effectiveness of this trip planning application. CARS is in contact with PATH for further collaborations.

Basque President Visited CARS on July 28
Posted Jul 29, 2010 - 7:00PM
Patxi López, President (Lehendakari) of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, visited Stanford University on July 28 when he was accompanied by a delegation of 35 people including the Basque First Lady, Begoña Gil, and members of the Basque Government. During the visit at VAIL, the CHIMe Lab, Dynamic Design Lab, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Solar Car Project, and Design Program showed their projects and discussed with the delegation.

Concept Vehicle Showcase at Stanford - Summary and Video Available
Posted Jul 22, 2010 - 9:30AM
CARS had invited 7 local groups and companies to show their concept vehicles in a showcase event outside the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL). About 120 academic, industry, and community partners attended the event on July 15, which was set as a question-and-answer session when the 7 different concepts were explained. A summary of the event including video and pictures is now available.

Prof. Sebastian Thrun Among the "Smartest People in Tech"
Posted Jul 9, 2010 - 4:00PM
Prof. Sebastian Thrun, Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and one of the founders of CARS, was named by the Fortune Magazine one of the "Smartest People in Tech". With this nomination he is being recognized for his contributions to and leadership in the DARPA Grand Challenge and Google Street View. The Fortune Magazine also recognized Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Chu, and others as the 50 Smartest People in Tech.

Update on Road Usage for Automotive Research Experiments
Posted July 2, 2010 - 3:30PM
A service road near Stanford Campus has been identified that would meet the needs of CARS researchers to conduct their experiments for driver assistance, vehicle communication, and media systems when a relatively undisturbed road stretch is needed. CARS is currently coordinating with the owners of that service road if it can be used for automotive research purposes. A positive answer is expected during the month of July.
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Vehicle Concept Showcase at Stanford on July 15
Posted Jun 29, 2010 - 12:30AM
CARS has invited local groups and companies to present their vehicles concepts in a showcase that will take place at VAIL on Thursday, July 15 at 4pm. Efficiency, practicality, and driving pleasure will be the main themes of the concepts. The event will bring together the automotive community at Stanford and beyond to discuss non-traditional vehicle concepts and meet the people behind them.

Prof. Nass' Research on Driver - Vehicle Interaction Featured on BBC
Posted June 6, 2010 - 12:00PM
Prof. Cliff Nass and his research team at the CHIMe Lab are attempting to turn the car into a friend for life, by getting it to talk to drivers in a way that puts them in a good mood for safe driving. In their most recent research the team also used heartbeat and perspiration sensors to monitor drivers' physiological condition regarding calmness or tension and determine the best way to communicate between humans and the car.

WiMax Demonstration Vehicle at Stanford - June 10, 3:30PM
Posted June 4, 2010 - 8:00PM
CARS arranged with Clearwire to showcase their demonstration vehicle equipped with broadband internet applications and to discuss applications and needs for internet in the automobile. The informal meeting will offer ample opportunities to get insights in the emerging 4G network technology, spark ideas how the internet can change the mobility experience, and connect with people in the mobility and conncectivity fields.

Students Present Concept for Urban Mobility - Public Presentation June 4, 6PM
Posted June 3, 2010 - 10:00AM
CARS supported a student team in the Joint Program in Design to build an electric car that's both fun to ride and easy to afford. The vehicle makes daily travel eco-friendly and fun so that the student team hopes their ideas will change the way people think about getting around town. The concept called "Weng" will be presented to the public on June 4, 6PM at Stanford

Driving Safely to the Future - Summer Lecture Series w/ Prof. Chris Gerdes on June 17, 7pm
Posted May 28, 2010 - 7:00PM
CARS Director Chris Gerdes will lecture on the advances of sensor and computing technologies that have led to dramatic changes in the ways cars react to their environment and interact with their drivers. The presentation is part of the Stanford Summer Science Lecture Series that will be held on the lawn outside the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. Prof. Gerdes' lecture is scheduled for June 7, 7pm.

CARS Faculty Discuss Future of the Automobile
Posted May 24, 2010 - 6:00PM
The CARS faculty Gerdes, Nass, and Thrun attended a panel discussion titled "The Automobile: Past, Present and Future" at the Stanford Leading Matters Conference. The discussion gathered around current topics in automotive research at Stanford and applications that may radically redefine the automobile and transform the driving experience.

Study from Stanford Business School on Electric Vehicles and Clean Coal
Posted May 19, 2010 - 11:00AM
During the Fall Quarter 2009, the Stanford Business School (GSB) held a case study class on electric vehicles and clean coal technology in the United States and China. The case study, which was now published, shows that the U.S. will see a slow move toward electric car adoption in the next 5 to 10 years, while China will see only a small market for cars but big opportunities to manufacture and export batteries.
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Lecture by Tesla CTO on "Energy Storage for Electric Vehicles" - May 11, 4:15PM
Posted May 10, 2010 - 6:00PM
JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla Motors, will lecture at the Applied Physics / Physics Colloquium on May 11 at 4:15PM in the Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201. This talk will discuss both today's technology solutions and future possibilities. Today Lithium Ion and NiMH batteries dominate vehicle electricity storage but high energy capacitors, metal-air batteries and other battery chemistries are the focus of increasing R&D.

Stanford Energy Seminar - Lecture from Better Place, May 12, 4:15PM
Posted May 10, 2010 - 10:30AM
Joe Paluska, Vice President of Communications at Better Place, will lecture on "Accelerating the Global Transition to Electric Vehicles" at the Stanford Energy Seminar that is focusing this quarter on electric mobility. He will provide an update on the Better Place concept that aims to deliver battery exchange and charging stations for electric vehicles to eliminate the challenges of limited range.

Stanford Photonics Research Symposium - Focus on Automotive Topics
Posted May 5, 2010 - 10:00PM
The Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC) will hold its annual symposium on September 13-15, 2010. CARS teamed up with the organizers to schedule a focus session on automotive topics. CARS affiliates are asked to nominate topics and / or speakers they would like to include in that event. This can be research topics on the camera, laser, image processing or other related fields.

Upcoming Executive Education "Innovation Master Series", June 16-18, 2010
Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:30PM
Senior faculty from the Stanford Design Group will open up their design labs and classrooms to executives, business leaders, and decision makers faced with the daunting task of retooling and revitalizing their enterprises. They will lead through hands-on workshops and teach problem-solving tools and problem-finding frameworks that lead to innovation and strategic leadership.

ABC News Coverage on Sustainable Mobility Research at Stanford
Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:00PM
ABC News featured the highlights of the Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicle Showcase at Stanford on April 7 including remarks from Stanford faculty on the future of mobility. The coverage also gives an overview of the advanced powertrain concepts by some of the CARS affiliates such as Honda Clarity FCX, Toyota Prius Plug-In, and Volkswagen HyMotion.

CARS Affiliates Meeting May 13, 2010 - Agenda Available
Posted May 3, 2010 - 8:30am
The nexte CARS Monthly Affiliates Meeting will be held on May 13, 3PM in the conference room at VAIL. The meeting will focus on organizational matters and provide an update on the progress of the connected vehicle / data mining project. The meeting will take place in the new VAIL conference room at 473 Oak Rd.
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German Chancellor Dedicated VAIL
Posted Apr 16, 2010 - 3:30PM
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, visited Stanford University on April 15 when she gave a speech highlighting the importance of freedom, solidarity, and partnership in the modern world. Later on she cut the ribbon to dedicate the new automotive research facility that houses VAIL (Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab). During the ceremony, Mrs. Merkel encouraged engineers in the United States and Germany to bring in their innovative spirit and address the challenges that automobiles are facing today.

CARS Welcomes State Farm Insurance as a Formal Affiliate
Posted Apr 5, 2010 - 12:30PM
CARS is proud to welcome State Farm Insurance to its group of affiliates. Following a visit to Stanford in January 2010, representatives of the company, which is also the largest automobile insurance provider in America, expressed interest in the Stanford automotive program to become more involved with future driver assistance systems, online services, and others. CARS is counting six affiliates now.

Autonomous Audi TTS from the Dynamic Design Lab - Public Testing in San Jose
Posted Mar 29, 2010 - 8:30AM
The team consisting of students from Prof. Gerdes' Dynamic Design Lab and Volkswagen's Electronic Research Lab showed Shelley, the autonomous Audi TTS, last week with representatives from several news networks. The car that is set to race up Pikes Peak later this summer did some test loops in public at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in Class this Spring
Posted March 26, 2010 - 8:00PM
This Spring Quarter the class organized by CARS will offer a special theme: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Dr. Jan Becker with the Borsch Research & Technology Center in Palo Alto will educate students regarding adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, and more. The class is also open to all CARS affiliates and will be held Tuesdays, 12:15-1:05PM in Building 200 / Room 205 at Stanford.

4G WiMAX Developers Symposium at Stanford University, June 15
Posted March 19, 2010 - 4:30PM
Stanford University invites affiliates to learn from some of the world's wireless leaders in 4G WiMAX. 4G WiMAX is a powerful new technology providing mobile high-bandwidth internet access rivaling speeds of traditional cable and DSL connections. This mobile internet is creating the new standard in internet speed, stability, and coverage.

Statement of Professor J. Christian Gerdes on Monday, March 9
Posted Mar 9, 2010 - 1:30PM
A transcript of the statement that Professor J. Christian Gerdes made on Monday, March 9, 2010 during a press conference is available for download.

"Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving" - Register by Friday, March 5
Posted March 2, 2010 - 4:30PM
The preliminary program for the workshop event on "Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving" has been completed and is now available as a download to show the list of speakers, detailed agenda, and locations. The "by invitation only" event is limited to 25 experts from industry, academia, and government. CARS affiliates are invited to send two attendees each. Registration is open until March 5
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"Mobile Apps on Wheels" at Stanford April 27-29, Reduced Rate for CARS Affiliates
Posted Feb 23, 2010 - 11:30AM
The Networked Vehicle Association, an academia-industry working group to advance the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the automobile, will held its executive workshop on "Mobile Apps on Wheels" at Stanford April 27-29. The event that will feature talks, panels, and demos is offered to CARS affiliates at a discounted rate.
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"Mobile Apps meet Individual Mobility" - Notes from the Round Table Meeting
Posted Feb 12, 2010 - 10:30PM
CARS was hosting a expert round table to discuss applications, strategies, preferences regarding mobile computing in the automobile. Companies that offer mobile device applications for traffic, transportation, and mobility needs were invited to show their services and discuss with the affilates from automotive industry and academia.
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Prof. Gerdes' Dynamic Design Lab is Looking Ahead at Pikes Peak
Posted Feb 3, 2010 - 4:00PM
Prof. Chris Gerdes and his team at the Dynamic Design Lab have filled the trunk of an Audi TTS called "Shelley" with computers and GPS receivers, transforming it into a vehicle that drives itself. The car will attempt Pikes Peak without a driver at race speeds - something that's never been done before.

Student Lecture on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles - Presentation and Video Available
Posted Jan 29, 2010 - 7:30PM
On Jan 26, Tom Wojcik a former Ford engineer who is currently persuing an MBA at the Stanford Business School (GSB) presented in the class "The Future of the Automobile" the topic "From Hybrids to Electric Cars - Junction of Engineering and Business". The presentation and video recording from the lecture are now available on the course website.
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Designing and Evaluating Driver Support Systems with the User in Mind
Posted Jan 28, 2010 - 7:30PM
Prof. Cliff Nass published a research article on "Driver safety and information from afar: An experimental driving simulator study of wireless vs. in-car information services" in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. The article discussed the difference of information services being provided from within or outside the car to assist the driver.

Prof. C. Nass' CHIMe Lab Featured on PBS, Feb 2
Posted Jan 25, 2010 - 10:30AM
The research on multitasking that Prof. Cliff Nass and his group conducted in 2009 will be featured on the PBS documentary series “Frontline” on February 2 from 9:00-10:30 PM. The CHIMe Lab will be part of a broader documentary "Digital Nation" that will explore what it means to be human in a world immersed in technology.

Round Table on "Mobile Apps meet Individual Mobility" - Date Set to Feb 11
Posted Jan 22, 2010 - 5:00PM
CARS is hosting a expert round table to discuss applications, strategies, preferences regarding mobile computing in the automobile. Companies that offer mobile device applications for traffic, transportation, and mobility needs are invited to show their services and discuss with the affilates from automotive industry and academia.
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CARS In The Media

At Stanford, cars of the future, CBS Smart Planet - April 26, 2011
Where Stanford reinvents the wheel, CBS / CNET - November 30, 2010
Stanford University: Next-Generation Vehicle Research Center "CARS" Established, RobotWatch (japanese) - November 17, 2009
Volkswagen and CARS celebrate collaboration, Stanford Daily - November 3, 2009
Driverless car takes on high-speed rally, The Telegraph - November 2, 2009
Media Multitaskers Pay Mental Price (Video), YouTube - August 25, 2009
The drive for the future, BBC - Sepember 10, 2009
Why Multitaskers Stink at Multitasking, The Wall Street Journal - August 26, 2009
The Connected Car, The Economist - June 4, 2009
'By-wire' boosts hybrid vehicle dynamics, Automotive Engineering International - April 22, 2009
Clifford Nass in NY Mag, The Portfolio Javelin - January 21, 2009
Four Ways for Detroit to Save Itself, The New York Times - January 3, 2009
Bosch Expands Activities With Stanford University, Reuters - October 2, 2008
Stanford research: Chatting with your car may be useful to you -- but also to corporations, e! Science News - May 13, 2008
Is Silicon Valley the new Detroit for electric cars?, cnet news - February 22, 2008
Making roads safer by reading drivers' moods, cnet news - June 16, 2008
Volkswagen to Contribute $5.75 Million to Stanford University, Volkswagen Newsroom - November 15, 2007