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Autonomous Driving

Technical, Legal and Social Aspects

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  • First book which gives a complete survey of Autonomous Driving
  • Gives answers not only to all kind of technical aspects but also to legal and sociological questions
  • Written by leading experts in this field of Germany and USA
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About this book

This book takes a look at fully automated, autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be integrated into the current transportation system with diverse users and human drivers? Where do automated vehicles fall under current legal frameworks? What risks are associated with automation and how will society respond to these risks? How will the marketplace react to automated vehicles and what changes may be necessary for companies?

Experts from Germany and the United States define key societal, engineering, and mobility issues related to the automation of vehicles. They discuss the decisions programmers of automated vehicles must make to enable vehicles to perceive their environment, interact with other road users, and choose actions that may have ethical consequences. The authors further identify expectations and concerns that will form the basis for individual and societal acceptance of autonomous driving. While the safety benefits of suchvehicles are tremendous, the authors demonstrate that these benefits will only be achieved if vehicles have an appropriate safety concept at the heart of their design. Realizing the potential of automated vehicles to reorganize traffic and transform mobility of people and goods requires similar care in the design of vehicles and networks. By covering all of these topics, the book aims to provide a current, comprehensive, and scientifically sound treatment

of the emerging field of “autonomous driving".

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Table of contents (32 chapters)


“The editors have done a superb job of locating the best of contributors to write chapters that cover virtually every personal and professional concern in this emerging field. … I strongly recommend the book to any and all who have a vested interest in autonomous driving.” (James Van Speybroeck, Computing Reviews,, August, 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut für Regelungstechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

    Markus Maurer

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

    J. Christian Gerdes

  • Institut für Verkehrsforschung, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V., Berlin, Germany

    Barbara Lenz

  • Fachgebiet Fahrzeugtechnik, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

    Hermann Winner

About the editors

About the Editors:

- Markus Maurer studied electrical engineering at Technische Universität München, and obtained a doctorate at Bundeswehr Universität München. He started his career in industry as a project manager and head of department in the development of driver-assistance systems at Audi AG. He is a professor of electronic vehicle systems at Technische Universität in Braunschweig.

- Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford University, Stanford, USA.

- Barbara Lenz studied geography and German studies to postdoctoral level at Universität Stuttgart, where she was also research assistant and project manager in the area of economic geography at the Institute of Geography. She is Head of the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and a professor of transport geography at Humboldt Universität, both in Berlin.

  - Hermann Winner studied physics to doctoral level at Universität Münster before he started his career in industry in advanced engineering and later in series development at Robert Bosch GmbH where he was responsible for driver assistance

systems. He is a professor for automotive engineering at Technische Universität in Darmstadt.

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