The Hsieh Department professor who directs the Viterbi School Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (CATT) and is Associate Director for Research of METRANS has received the IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society Best Practice Award.
The result attracted the attention of the Ford Motor Company, which funded further research, and performed joint vehicle experiments eventually hiring three of Ioannou's Ph.D. students.
The California Department of Transportation and PATH also supported his work and subsequent experiments with vehicles and trucks at various testing grounds and on highway I-15 North of San Diego.
Other car companies adopted similar systems for their high-end cars, marketing them under different names. Because the companies have developed proprietary versions, relatively few peer-reviewed publications have come out about the research.
More informaiton about adaptive cruise control can be found in a report, "Evaluation of the Effects of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) vehicles in mixed traffic," and in the included references that can be read on the CATT website.
The Best Engineer Practice award is given annually to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) engineers and teams who have developed and deployed successful ITS Systems or implementations. The award is established to recognize, promote, and publicize major innovations with real world impact.
Ioannou is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC), and author/co author of 8 books and more than 200 publications in the area of Controls and Intelligent Transportation Systems. In the past he received an IEEE Control Society Best paper and the 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Awards.