To further enhance the technology base of the automotive sector through Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), the scientists and engineers from Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company are researching at United States Council for Automotive Research LLC, (USCAR).
Various workshops that served as an eye opener for the automotive deployment of CPS were conducted by NSF. The USCAR CPS Task Force, which was formed in 2007, supported these workshops and the key persons include Bill Milam, chair of the USCAR CPS Task Force, Alan Taub, USCAR Council member and other CPS Task Force members from Chrysler Group, Ford and GM.
CPS technology has enabled the evolution of a sophisticated network which includes crash avoidance and automated park assistant systems Evolution of vehicles with CPS technology requires deeper insight into the functions of the complex automotive systems and also needs analytical skills. The multiple networked control systems in CPS are emerging in a rapid phase gaining interest among the scientific groups for further research and development.
According to Milan, these experimental platforms can be further developed by intersecting the training of both engineers and scientists, so that the computational, controls, engineering and programming perspectives can be taken into account simultaneously.
Next NSF CPS workshop on "Developing Dependable Embedded Systems from Components," will be conducted on Oct. 28 and 29 at the Management Education Center in Troy, Mich. Sponsors are USCAR CPS Task Force and Carnegie Mellon University.