Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has launched the next phase of its research plan and at the same time, celebrates the successful conclusion of its first five years of automotive safety research. CSRC Next will focus on the challenges of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade, at an investment of around US$35m.
Projects will follow four paths:
– The potential integration of active and passive safety systems using advanced pre-crash sensors to improve and personalize crash protection;
– Building of advanced technology vehicle user experience models for individuals and society in order to improve usability and strengthen the driver-vehicle relationship;
– Study of driver state detection, working to improve mobility using metrics for physiology and health;
– Application of big data and safety analytics techniques to develop algorithms and tools to study naturalistic driving data.
CSRC Next’s research portfolio includes eight projects in partnership with six schools. Examples include work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab to develop new systems for autonomous vehicles to perceive and identify objects in their environment and to understand social interactions in traffic; and a research study with Virginia Tech to estimate issues that may arise after integrated safety systems are deployed in the future, including all active and passive safety systems.
June 5, 2017