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72 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2021 Solid Ground Trust is the foundation of leadership, and the minute a leader loses this they also lose their influence. Leaders cannot break trust with people and expect to keep influencing them. Some leaders (actually managers) use their power and influence to force people into doing what they want them to do. And while this may work in the short-term, this strategy always backfires as followers begin to lose respect and loyalty for the leader. Character and integrity are big parts of trust and solid ground. John Maxwell compares trust to change in a leader's pocket. Each time they make good leadership decisions, they earn more change, but each time they make poor decisions, they must pay out some of that change to the people. If leaders keep mak- ing poor decisions, they will end up without change in their pockets or, in other words, no- body will trust them any more as leaders. Character earns respect. Without character it is very difficult to have respect for others and earn respect from your followers. Remember a manager does things right, a leader does the right thing. So how do leaders earn respect? By making sound decisions, admitting their mis- takes, adding value to others, and putting oth- ers ahead of themselves. PCB007 Steve Williams is the president of The Right Approach Con- sulting. He is also an indepen- dent certified coach, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell team. To read past columns or contact Williams, click here. A major challenge for fully autonomous vehi- cles is navigating bad weather. Snow especially confounds crucial sensor data that helps a vehicle gauge depth, find obstacles and keep on the cor- rect side of the yellow line, assuming it is visible. Averaging more than 200 inches of snow every winter, Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is the per- fect place to push autonomous vehicle tech to its limits. In two papers presented at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2021, researchers from Mich- igan Technological University discuss solutions for snowy driving scenarios that could help bring self- driving options to snowy cities. Major automakers and research universities are still tweaking self-driving technology and algo- rithms. Occasionally accidents occur, either due to a misjudgment by the car's artificial intelligence (AI) or a human driver's misuse of self-driving features. Drivable path detection using CNN sensor fusion for autonomous driving in the snow A companion video to the SPIE research from Ra- washdeh's lab shows how the artificial intelligence (AI) network segments the image area into driv- able (green) and non-drivable. The AI processes — and fuses — each sensor's data despite the snowy roads and seemingly random tire tracks, while also accounting for crossing and oncoming traffic. (Source: Michigan Tech) Driving in the Snow is a Team Effort for AI Sensors

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