IEEE members work to make vehicles smarter and safer.

      Ninety percent of roadway deaths could be avoided simply by making cars smarter, according to Alberto Broggi and Azim Eskandarian of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS). Their solution: Get rid of the drivers and let the cars drive themselves.
 That is not as farfetched as it might seem. Two driverless vans recently drove themselves from Parma, Italy, to Shanghai, China, a distance of more than 15 000 kilometers. The vans autonomously navigated over highways, dirt roads, and desert terrain.
 Driverless vehicles were one of the safety innovations discussed during the ITSS annual conference, held in October, 2011 in Washington, D.C.