The 12-member panel also includes NASA engineers with experience in areas like electromagnetic interference and mission-critical software applications. The panel, which is overseen by the National Academy of Sciences, will reportedly add at least three more members.
Professional groups such as IEEE-USA are urging the panel to include more engineers with specific expertise in automotive electronics and software. "There is no
question that any effort to investigate these incidents will clearly benefit by
including engineers with a firm grasp of the complex systems threaded through
today's automobiles," Doug Taggart, chair of the IEEE-USA Committee
on Transportation and Aerospace Policy, said in a statement.
Evelyn Hirt added that the panel also would benefit from engineers' "experience and
lessons learned from integrating technology into these vehicles."
The panel is scheduled to next meet on Aug. 2 in Detroit. Another meeting is scheduled here in October. According to the panel's Web site, a preliminary report on the causes of the Toyota throttle problem is expected to be released in June 2011.