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Seminar: What does “safe design” mean for the efficiency of automated vehicles?

Alireza Talebpour, Texas A&M University
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
198 Baker Systems
1971 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Seminar by Alireza Talebpour

Assistant Professor

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Texas A&M University


Safety has been the main driving force behind the design and development of connected, automated vehicles (CAVs) in the past several years. From the transportation and traffic flow perspective, however, the efficiency of CAVs and their impact on traffic flow dynamics is another critical design factor, that has been overlooked by the CAV industry. Accordingly, the key question is “what does ‘safe design’ mean for the efficiency of automated vehicles?”. Answering this question can bridge the gap between the current state of CAV design and expectations from this technology in the transportation community. This presentation will focus on this question and evaluates the impacts of design for ultimate safety on traffic flow dynamics. Furthermore, a collaborative connected, automated driving environment will be presented as a solution to ensure both safety and efficiency, addressing the limitations of a safety-oriented design.


Alireza Talebpour received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, in 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. His current research focuses on connected and automated transportation systems and he is the faculty lead in SAE/GM AutoDrive Challenge, a three-year competition to design a fully automated vehicle. Texas A&M team took the second place in the first year of this international competition.