Thursday, January 14, 2021 Session

12:00pm EST

The SmartDrivingCars We Can Buy Today

What Automated Driver Assistance Systems Can and Cannot Do

Producer: Ken Pyle, Managing Editor, Viodi View & ViodiTV


With a Bachelor of Economics from San Jose State University, Ken has had roles in manufacturing, engineering, field support, product management, and sales for telecommunications’ equipment and content distribution companies and was involved in installations of some of the first fiber networks for video distribution in the 1980s and, in the 1990s, was involved with the nascent broadband and video on demand efforts.

In 2001, he cofounded Viodi, which, through its newsletter and associated video channel, provides insight into technology, particularly as it relates to rural broadband and the associated ecosystem. In 2014, the scope of the Viodi View expanded to include advanced mobility and its impact on the built environment. He has produced hundreds of videos for Viodi, trade associations, and corporations on topics ranging from autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics, the Internet of Things, and Software-Defined Networking.

Moderator: Kelly Funkhouser, Head of Connected and Automated Vehicles, Consumer Reports


Kelly Funkhouser serves two roles from CR’s Auto Test Center in Colchester, Conn. As the Program Manager for Vehicle Interface Testing, as well as the Head of Connected and Automated Vehicles, she evaluates the in-vehicle experience of infotainment systems, ergonomics, and connectivity. Her main interest is assessing the performance and driver experience of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Kelly drives hundreds of miles in more than 50 test cars and 50 press cars every year. This gives Kelly unique insight into the various implementations of driver assistance features across all makes and models of vehicles. Kelly also has technical expertise in connected vehicles and has advised government and industry entities on the current state of dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), cellular vehicle-to-everything communication (C-V2X), and telematics.

Kelly is the 2019-2020 Consumer Reports Ambassador of the Year, and is passionate about debunking myths on what cars can and cannot do, as well as advocating for driver and vehicle safety. Recently, Kelly led a group of industry experts in standardizing ADAS terminology. The CR-led initiative entitled "Clearing the Confusion" has been officially endorsed by the US DOT.

Kelly is a recognized leading expert in the field and advises other organizations on the current state of technology and consumer perceptions. Kelly is a strong and impactful public speaker and frequently presents at technical, academic, and government events. She has made appearances on "Talking Cars," the "Consumer 101" TV show, and multiple podcasts.

Kelly has a master's degree in cognitive psychology, and studied human interaction with vehicle automation as well as distracted driving.

Panelist: Anuj Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UMass Amherst

Panelist: Richard Schram, Technical Director, European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP)

Panelist: David Zuby, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, IIHS

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