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Liam Pedersen

Liam is deputy director at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Silicon Valley Lab, in charge of driverless transportation systems and urban mobility. Prior to this, he worked on robotic systems for planetary exploration at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. He holds a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (for the first robotic discovery of a meteorite), and is the recipient of NASA’s Public Service Medal and the NSF Antarctic Service Medal.


Intelligent intersections for protecting vulnerable road users

Pedestrian fatalities have trended sharply upwards in recent decades, even as vehicles become safer and driver fatalities per vehicle mile traveled continue to decline. Many accidents occur at intersections under conditions of reduced visibility. Networked sensors placed at intersections and other areas where pedestrians and vulnerable road users encounter problems can provide connected vehicles with timely notifications of impending collisions with occluded or otherwise unnoticed hazards. The use of cellular 5G communications is a potential game-changer, although not necessary in certain circumstances. In this talk I will describe Nissan’s research in this area, including the cloud-based AI and user experience design necessary to realize the potential of this technology.