As demands for safety and mobility have grown and technological possibilities have multiplied, interest in automation has grown. Seeking to accelerate the development and introduction of fully automated vehicles and highways, the United States Congress authorized more than $650 million over six years for intelligent transport systems (ITS) and demonstration projects in the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). Congress legislated in ISTEA that "the Secretary of Transportation shall develop an automated highway and vehicle prototype from which future fully automated intelligent vehicle-highway systems can be developed. Such development shall include research in human factors to ensure the success of the man-machine relationship. The goal of this program is to have the first fully automated highway roadway or an automated test track in operation by 1997. This system shall accommodate installation of equipment in new and existing motor vehicles." [ISTEA 1991, part B, Section 6054(b)].
Industrial automation incorporates programmable logic controllers in the manufacturing process. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) use a processing system which allows for variation of controls of inputs and outputs using simple programming. PLCs make use of programmable memory, storing instructions and functions like logic, sequencing, timing, counting, etc. Using a logic based language, a PLC can receive a variety of inputs and return a variety of logical outputs, the input devices being sensors and output devices being motors, valves, etc. PLCs are similar to computers, however, while computers are optimized for calculations, PLCs are optimized for control task and use in industrial environments. They are built so that only basic logic-based programming knowledge is needed and to handle vibrations, high temperatures, humidity and noise. The greatest advantage PLCs offer is their flexibility. With the same basic controllers, a PLC can operate a range of different control systems. PLCs make it unnecessary to rewire a system to change the control system. This flexibility leads to a cost-effective system for complex and varied control systems.[88]
Une caractéristique de l'automatisation moderne est qu'elle n'a pas toujours pour but d'assurer directement la commande des processus mais parfois seulement d'apporter une aide à la décision. C'est le rôle de ce que l'on appelle les systèmes d'intelligence artificielle qui, s'ils ont une vocation spécifique, sont nommés systèmes experts. Ces systèmes d'intelligence artificielle se répandent [...]
cents ans. Mais les outils numériques peuvent influencer leur mise en œuvre. Par exemple, pouvoir fournir immédiatement un retour pertinent à un élève lors de la réalisation d’une série d’exercices peut favoriser le processus d’automatisation. De même, pour comprendre un phénomène dynamique complexe (comme le galop du cheval), le fait de pouvoir […] Lire la suite☛