The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) is an interdisciplinary group that advances research and education in the automotive realm. It is organized as an industry affiliates program, bringing together students and researchers from many different departments. There are currently 20 industry affiliates.
The main interest is how the automobile is undergoing dramatic change, while it has been around for well over 100 years. Due to recent technologies, the powertrain is becoming more electrified, the driving tasks are becoming more automated, the vehicle itself is becoming more connected to other vehicles and common infrastructures, and carsharing programs are being promoted as the new way to drive.
This talk visited the different fields of innovation for automobiles, discussed what will become reality soon and what is a far-out vision, and gave an overview of how Stanford brings together industry and academia to radically re-envision the way we drive.
For more information, please visit: http://me.stanford.edu/groups/design/automotive.