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Purdue’s Discovery Park to boost partnerships with new autonomous vehicle hub

By David Schwartz
Published: July 17th, 2018

Purdue University’s Discovery Park is launching a nationwide partnership effort focused on advancing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

The Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Transportation Technologies will bring together the university, public agencies and private industry partners for joint research projects.

Darcy Bullock, director of the school’s Joint Transportation Research Program, will lead the partnership through Discovery Park, Purdue University’s complex for major interdisciplinary research activities, announced Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park.

According to Díaz de la Rubia, Discovery Park will support activities to integrate, coordinate and promote connected and autonomous vehicle research and engagement among stakeholders from the university; public agencies, such as the Indiana Department of Transportation; and the private sector.

The Innovation Hub will include multidisciplinary work covering numerous disciplines associated with the evolving area of connected and autonomous vehicles, including artificial intelligence, systems engineering, cybersecurity, machine learning, advanced sensing technology, and public policy.

Purdue and Discovery Park will lead the collaborations, with a focus on the potential for economic development.

Connected and autonomous vehicles are one of the most important transportation innovations, combining technologies for roadway systems, smart infrastructure and first and last mile logistics to develop automated freight transportation. Those and similar technologies, however, deal with systems outside the traditional focus of the automobile industry.

“With over $550 billion in freight moving annually along Hoosier highways, we believe there are significant near-term opportunities for Purdue to partner with Indiana businesses and government agencies to establish a leadership position in the commercial vehicle sector of connected and autonomous vehicles,” Bullock said.

The Innovation Hub will begin by identifying a portfolio of customers and develop partnerships among federal agencies, state agencies, research centers, other universities and transporation industry partners.

Source: Purdue News

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