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Tuesday, March 7 • 9:50am - 10:30am
Technical Challenges of Self-Driving Trucks

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Jur van den Berg, PhD, will focus his talk on specific technical challenges in motion planning and control for trucks versus personal vehicles. In particular, he will discuss from an engineer’s perspective a few of the technical challenges that present themselves during the development of a self-driving truck. Examples of technical challenges include staying in lane, turning radius, discerning a stopped vehicle from a non-stopped vehicle, and speed control on hills or mountains. Jur will be applying his discussion in the context of Otto’s recent history-making feat of completing 120 continuous autonomous highway miles to deliver 50,000 cans of Budweiser in Colorado.

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Jur van den Berg

Jur van den Berg is a founding employee of the start up Otto, which started in the beginning of 2016 to develop technology, software, and infrastructure for self-driving trucks. Otto was recently acquired by Uber, where Jur is now officially a senior staff engineer. Jur has expertise... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 9:50am - 10:30am PST