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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.


An integrated, system-level approach for the testing and validation of vehicle and infrastructure-based cooperative driving automation (CDA) technologies

Cooperative driving automation (CDA) aims to improve vehicle and general traffic safety and energy efficiency, and to facilitate road operations. CDA greatly benefits from high levels of vehicle automation and from sophisticated ADAS technologies. Utilizing the extensive analytical and physical testing and simulation capabilities of the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity at the UCI School of Engineering, this project replicates in a lab environment the sensing and perception algorithms employed on automated vehicles and on the infrastructure of a public road network platform, to facilitate the early assessment of their effectiveness and to define the best strategies for implementation.