May 2, 2022

Driverless vehicles may help improve transportation efficiency.

Today’s vehicles come with many types of driver-assist technology, but will the vehicles of the future be completely driverless? Steve Karamihas, PhD, from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, explores the current and future state of autonomous vehicles.


Steve Karamihas, PhD

Senior Research Associate, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

  • More than 30 years of experience conducting research on vehicle dynamics & road profile measurements
  • Developed an algorithm for estimating automotive ride comfort for measured longitudinal road profile
  • Conducted multiple studies on the factors that affect the accuracy & repeatability of high-speed longitudinal road profile measurements
  • Author of the Critical Profiler Accuracy Requirements report

Some of the Questions Asked

Autonomous Vehicles

  • How is the technology in autonomous vehicles (AVs) different than current technology in new cars?
  • How do different environments pose challenges for AVs?
  • Will ride quality and smoothness feel the same with AVs as with current vehicles?

Asset Management & Autonomous Vehicles

  • What are some changes that need to be made to the roadways to accommodate AVs?
  • What are some new or additional types of infrastructure assets that will need to be managed as AVs become more mainstream?
  • In what other ways will AVs impact how agencies manage their road infrastructure?

"There's an opportunity to use the emergence of automated and connected vehicles to make things better for everybody. We'll become a more efficient society, we can spend our money better, and serve the public really well."

Steve Karamihas, PhD, Senior Research Associate, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

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