Over 1 million people die globally on the road each year with 94% of these fatalities attributed to human driving error. Improved road safety is just one of the many benefits associated with the advent of assisted and automated driving systems.

To help fully deliver on the promise of autonomous driving, 3M is working with automakers, government and research agencies as well as regulatory bodies to develop innovative solutions for road way infrastructure. Presented by 3M Corporate Scientist Ken Smith, the session Infrastructure to Facilitate Automated and Assisted Driving will cover how these infrastructure solutions are designed to interact with vehicle sensor and sensor fusion systems, providing a back-up solution should one system fail.

3M has begun testing prototype systems on test tracks and public highway corridors in United States. Infrastructure materials of particular interest include lane markings, signs and work zone devices. In most cases the goal is to provide high value safety solutions which work effectively for humans as well as with assisted and automated driving systems.

About Ken

Ken Smith is a Corporate Scientist and named inventor on over 100 US patents. He joined 3M in September 1982 after receiving SB, SM and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has worked since 1987 in the development and commercialization of microreplicated Diamond Grade retroreflective products. Although this broad product family has been a constant focus over the years, the specific technologies and the resulting products have changed greatly, spanning the entire retroreflective products pyramid.

More recently Ken, as part of the 3M Connected Roads effort, has worked to develop infrastructure materials which simultaneously serve both humans as well as connected and automated vehicles.