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Blake Lane

Blake Lane is a Senior Scientist at the Advanced Power and Energy Program of the University of California, Irvine, where he manages Vehicle and Fuel Research Operations. Blake’s research foci are energy impacts of vehicle- and infrastructure-based cooperative driving automation technologies, optimal deployment of clean vehicle and fuel technologies, and techno-economic projections for sustainable mobility technologies. Blake has initiated research thrusts for cooperative driving automation impacts on zero-emission mobility technologies within the HORIBA Institute for Mobility and Connectivity2. Blake earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, where he also earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Blake was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship in 2015.


Holistic cooperative driving automation development and deployment through a public road network platform

Development of cooperative driving automation (CDA) technology requires a holistic approach that quantifies vehicle and infrastructure automation and connectivity impacts on energy, traffic, and safety. Flexibility to move between simulation, vehicle-in-the-loop testing, and road deployment enables robust CDA development, aspects that are provided in the framework established in the present work. To support the deployment of CDA technologies and rich data analytics, a twenty-five intersection Public Road Network Platform has been established with infrastructure-based AI-Systems using lidar sensors and edge box computation. A connected traffic signal communicating with and reacting to vehicles approaching serves as an example CDA application.