Trends in Embedded featuring Designated Driver: A quick drive around San Jose from Portland

April 16, 2019 Brandon Lewis

Despite all of the advances in autonomous vehicle technology, big questions still need to be answered regarding how driverless cars (and humans) deal with the transition to higher levels of autonomy. If a car switches from highway to city mode, will the driver have to intervene? What if the driver is distracted? What happens if the vehicle encounters an obstruction it's unfamiliar with, or experiences a fault in its autonomy system?

One potential solution is the teleoperator. If you haven't heard that term before, don't be ashamed. But you should probably get familiar with it. A teleoperator is, more or less, the human to a remote control car. Only now they're driving street-legal vehicles. Why? Think of them as the OnStar for autonomous vehicles.

At NVIDIA's 2019 GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Manuela Papadopol, CEO of teleoperation company Designated Driver, explains the technology to Embedded Computing Design's Brandon Lewis. More than that, though, she and her Portland-based teleoperator Andrew take Brandon for a quick spin around San Jose.

Designated Driver:




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Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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