Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Centre in Michigan (CSRC) has formally launched the next phase of its research mission, celebrating the successful conclusion of its first five years of auto safety research.
The new research effort, named CSRC Next, will focus on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.
First announced in 2014, CSRC Next will direct (US) $35 million through 2021 towards research designed to support a safe transition to the future of mobility.
Projects will follow four research tracks including:
∙ The potential integration of active and passive safety systems, using advanced pre-crash sensors to improve and personalize crash protection.
∙ Building advanced technology vehicle user experience models for individuals and society in order to improve usability and strengthen the driver-vehicle relationship.
∙ Studying driver state detection, working to improve mobility using metrics for physiology and health.
∙ Applying big data and safety analytics techniques to develop algorithms and tools to study naturalistic driving data.
At launch, CSRC Next’s research portfolio includes eight projects in partnership with six schools.
CSRC is working with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Toyota Connected (TC).
CSRC research is helping to accelerate autonomous driving technology development as well as contributing to the exploration of the complex relationship between future mobility and broader social trends.
The beginning of CSRC Next also marks the conclusion of the center’s first five years of automotive safety research; where it explored Human Factors, Active and Passive vehicle safety technologies, and Data Analysis and Tools development.