Google joins impressive speaker line-up at next week’s inaugural San Jose conference

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Bringing together world-leading experts in the fields of autonomous vehicle research, AI, software, sensor fusion, AV testing, validation, development, standards and safety, next week’s ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo 2022 in San Jose, CA includes a comprehensive, two-day conference (rates apply) with speakers from organizations including the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis, Woven Planet and Waymo, among many others. 

The 2022 ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo Conference will be held alongside a free-to-attend exhibition featuring over 100 exhibitors, at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California, on September 7 & 8.

Over 70 speakers will discuss the latest developments in the world of next-generation ADAS and autonomous vehicle technology. A notable recent addition to the speaker line-up is Google’s Abhishek Lal, product manager, Edge Appliances, Google Cloud.

A regular speaker at industry events, Abhishek drives the delivery of new services including design, positioning, messaging and customer/partner engagements. He has more than a decade of experience in building enterprise software and has been part of several teams at Teradata, Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft (Azure), delivering products like Teradata – IntelliCloud, AWS CloudFormation and Azure Service Bus cloud services. His presentation, titled Edge AI/ML acceleration for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, will explore how, with Google Distributed Cloud, customers can deploy their workloads at edge locations.

Attendees will learn how this capability is helping accelerate autonomous driver assistance systems for automotive customers, as well as how edge ML/AI solutions are enabling better end-user experiences for Google Cloud customers by extending the consistent and open cloud control plane to stores, factories, warehouses and vehicles. “With the GDC Edge Appliance, customers are able access insights generated on the edge in low-latency and limited-bandwidth environments,” says Lal. “The GPU-based ML accelerators allow for inferencing, aggregating, processing and then transferring data and insights to Google Cloud Storage.”

Further conference highlights will include a presentation from Dr Anurag Ganguli, VP of R&D at Plus, titled, The road to mass deployment of highly automated trucks. “The autonomous vehicle industry has evolved beyond science projects that test the theory of self-driving technology and is now asking questions around deployment methods and what the critical pieces are in order to deliver on the promises of this technology,” says Ganguli. “While driverless trucks may be a few years away, highly automated driver-in systems can provide substantial benefits today. In this talk, we’ll discuss the value propositions of such a driver-in product, which include fuel savings leading to reduced carbon emissions, increased driver comfort leading to improved driver retention and overall increased safety. In addition, we’ll discuss the technological challenges associated with building an autonomous product that can be deployed at scale.”

Another leading light from the world of self-driving trucks, Jamie Hoffacker, VP of hardware at Kodiak Robotics, will also present at the conference. In his paper, Designing and testing a sensor solution ready for the real world, Hoffacker will reveal how Kodiak designed, tested and built its SensorPods, the sensor solution it has developed for real-world trucking applications. The session will cover the different hardware needs of trucks versus passenger cars, and highlight how Kodiak’s testing program is preparing its hardware for deployment. This includes field-of-view testing and reliability testing in harsh environments. Jamie will also discuss his views on how to build hardware for manufacturability, maintainability and the commercial vehicle duty cycle.

With over 70 speakers in total (click to see the full speaker list and conference program details), next week’s conference represents a fantastic opportunity to network with and take inspiration from some of the industry’s leading ADAS and AV tech experts. Conference delegate passes are still available to purchase here, while the exhibition is completely free to attend (register here).

Topics include:

• Innovations, issues and strategies on the road to safe autonomous driving

• Advances in AI, software and architecture development

• Regulations, law and standards – implications for engineers

• Verification, validation and data management in the virtual domain

• Advances in sensing, vision, mapping, positioning and in-the-loop testing technologies

• Real-world/physical test and development, and integration with and implications for virtual testing

• Connectivity: IoT, V2X and telematics – challenges and solutions

• Best practices for safe autonomous driving

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