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This book systematically discusses the development of autonomous driving, describing the related history, technological advances, infrastructure, social impacts, international competition, China’s opportunities and challenges, and possible future scenarios. This popular science book uses straightforward language and includes quotes from ancient Chinese poems to enhance the reading experience. The discussions are supplemented by theoretical elaborations, presented in tables and figures.

The book is intended for auto fans, upper undergraduate and graduate students in the field of automotive engineering.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. The Centennial Automotive Industry and the Looming Transformation

Abstract
Those changes that have shocked us will undoubtedly come from different factors. The most shocking of those changes will likely be from autonomous driving vehicles (including driverless cars) that will fully drive into our lives, even faster than we expected.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 2. Technologies for Autonomous Driving

Abstract
In the development of smart car technologies, the perception and understanding on the vehicle’s surrounding environment is the basic premise for realizing car intelligence. Digital maps could be used in navigation, map-supported ADAS or autonomous driving with different requirements in each of the three applications. Through vehicle connectivity, cars could be inter-linked with each other, while algorithms make them think and act.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 3. Applications of Autonomous Driving That You Should Know

Abstract
The dream of self-driving vehicles was already explored in fiction not long after the development of the automobile itself in 1886. Nowadays many applications of autonomous driving have been put into practices while others are still in fast development. To help readers understand better the gradings of autonomous driving, its technical classification is also described in this chapter.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 4. Electric Vehicles: The Best Carriers for Autonomous Driving

Abstract
An electric vehicle features highly electrified characteristics. It is equipped with a complete power driving system network which includes motors, battery and electronic control units. As a result, an electric vehicle is more suitable to mechanical-electrical integration, and the use of an automated control system and management system. Compared to its gasoline-fueled counterpart, an EV is therefore more suitable to serve as a carrier for autonomous driving.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 5. Infrastructure: Echoing with Autonomous Driving

Abstract
In an era of autonomous driving, the renewal and change of transport infrastructure will be revolutionary. It is certainly true that unmanned driving is more dependent on a well-developed transport infrastructure than manned driving.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 6. Top Ten Challenges Facing Autonomous Driving

Abstract
Despite the continuous development and maturation of the technology, numerous challenges nevertheless impede the practical use of autonomous vehicles. Those challenges may come from legality, privacy, hackers, ethics, business models, etc. Technology always improves, as does human society, though these issues will be addressed over time, the process of change dictates the gradual implementation of roadblocks to success.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 7. The Battle to Embrace the Trend

Abstract
This chapter describes as many overseas enterprises as possible which are important, active and representative, and depicts various aspects of global auto industry at the dawning of an era of autonomous driving, and uses representative examples to provide readers with a panoramic view of the global auto industry as of today.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 8. Vital Opportunities in China

Abstract
ICVs will rewrite the “Smiling Curve” of China’s automobiles as the country has obvious advantages in the field of autonomous vehicles. In the “no man’s land”, China is seeking for solutions and accumulating experiences for the development of global auto industry, playing a unique role in the process.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker

Chapter 9. A Brighter Future Beckons

Abstract
The auto industry is entering an unprecedented period of change, as we strive to build the bones of the new from the ashes of the old. The era of autonomous driving has already arrived in inexorable ways. Though still facing many challenges, autonomous vehicles will eventually overcome them, riding the wave of progress to a bright future.
Zhanxiang Chai, Tianxin Nie, Jan Becker
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