What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in connected, autonomous, electric, and shared vehicles and how they relate to the future of transportation. We are comprised of technology and vehicle enthusiasts who come together to share the newest developments in this space. Our meetings will feature content from the brightest technical experts, the most advanced startups, and business leaders with successful track records of bringing disruptive products to market.

Autonomy is rapidly disrupting transport across many industries... be a part of it! If you have suggestions for a meetup topic or presenter, please contact the organizers for consideration.

Upcoming events (1)

“Live” Autonomous Racing, an Autonomous Driving Simulator, and New Architecture

Venture Cafe at the New Science Center

*Get here early as there will be a real racetrack weaving its way through the main Delaware room featuring “live” autonomous car racing and potentially limited seating. Agenda: 1) Starting at 3:30pm: Dr. Helen Loeb, the CEO of Jitsik https://www.jitsik.com/ will present and demonstrate her Virtual Reality Driving Simulator, where you’ll be able to “let go of the wheel” and experience a car driving itself. Jitsik develops tools and Virtual Reality simulations to train current drivers on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and prepare drivers of all ages and abilities for the safe use of self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles. Jitsik received seed funding from Drexel University and is incubated at the Baiada Close School of Entrepreneurship. Their patent pending technology was featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2019. She is also a Principal Investigator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she launched several original lines of research in naturalistic and self-driving. Dr. Loeb’s work has been published at SAE, AAAM, VTTI, TIP, TRB, NYC Auto Show in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals. She is also the Founder and Director of the METACHOP (Math, Engineering, Technology At CHOP) Research Affinity Group which networks CHOP and Penn engineers and facilitates medical innovation. 2) 4:30 – 5:30pm: “An Intro to Autonomous Car Architecture and Data Distribution Service”. Join us as Bert Farabaugh and Eva McCauley from Real-Time Innovations https://www.rti.com/ show us how a connected and autonomous future of transportation requires a major leap in architecture and software innovation. Bert, RTI's Director of Field Applications Engineering and Eva, the Mid-Atlantic Area Account Manager will show us how massive amounts of data will need to be collected from a broad range of sensors and processed very quickly, securely, reliably, and economically. DDS is a flexible data connectivity framework that helps accomplish this as part of a scalable software platform. 3) 5:30 – 6:30pm: We finish off the evening with our main presentation “Safe Self-Driving Cars and F1/10 Autonomous Racing", with a “live” autonomous race car demonstration from Prof Rahul Mangharam and Matthew O'Kelly from the University of Pennsylvania in racing 1/10th scale autonomous cars. Learn about how safe today's self-driving cars are and what will it take to get "A Driver's License Test for Driverless Vehicles". We'll have a live racing track with fully-autonomous vehicles so you can see how these vehicles make decisions with their perception, planning and control pipelines. Participants gain exposure to critical autonomous driving issues, such as collision avoidance, scene understanding, obstacle interpretation, navigation of unmapped areas, and more! See http://f1tenth.org/. Rahul Mangharam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is working on "A Driver's License Test for Driverless Vehicles". The theme of his research is on building safe autonomous systems in automotive, medical and energy systems. Rahul received the 2016 US Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), the 2014 IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award, 2013 NSF CAREER Award, 2012 Intel Early Faculty Career Award and was selected by the National Academy of Engineering for the 2012 and 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering. He is the Penn Director of the $14MM Department of Transportation's Mobility21 Center. Prof Rahul received the 2016 US Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), the 2014 IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award, 2013 NSF CAREER Award, 2012 Intel Early Faculty Career Award and was selected by the National Academy of Engineering for the 2012 and 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering. 4) *Food and drinks will be provided! Sponsored by: Autonomous Talent Motorsports Career Advisor

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