University Turns Itself Into CV/AV Research Center

A major US public university is turning itself into a center of “mobility research and development”.

Michigan State University (MSU) says it aims “to advance smart vehicle technology” with the move. It claims its “controlled infrastructure and active campus” make it the “ideal” environment for such research. The specific areas of research will include 5G automotive connectivity, ride-hailing, and technology validation systems for connected and autonomous vehicles.

MSU vice-president of administrative services Satish Udpa said the university wants to agree “strong industry partnerships” in order “to revolutionize the way people and goods move throughout the world”. College of Engineering dean Leo Kempel added that the campus would make a good testing ground for “solutions for safely and efficiently navigating through densely crowded areas”.

Researchers on MSU’s Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety (CANVAS) program are currently developing artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles using algorithms, cameras, radar, LiDAR, and what the university claims is its “industry-leading” detection and processing tech.

MSU says its campus has CV infrastructure that allows its researchers to carry out vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.

 


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