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Toyota IP Solutions licenses out automatic emergency brake testing system developed with IUPUI

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 29th, 2020

Toyota IP Solutions and Hebei Pride have entered into a license agreement to commercialize a new automatic emergency brake (AEB) testing system. The system was developed through a partnership between the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) and the Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Transportation Active Safety Institute (IUPUI-TASI).

The technology represents an industry breakthrough that could help drive greater innovation in automotive safety. It covers the design and standard testing methods behind pedestrian and bicyclist mannequins of different shapes and sizes, concrete dividers, guardrails and other objects that can be used as impact targets to test AEB systems, which are designed to slow vehicles down automatically if they are at risk of hitting a pedestrian or an object in the road.

Rini Sherony, senior principal engineer at CSRC, comments, “This new testing technology addresses gaps in evaluating and testing emerging safety technologies. CSRC is proud to lead this effort and our hope is that these protocols will enhance the safety of mobility and, ultimately, help the entire industry improve safety systems.”

Hebei Pride licensed the technology through the Indiana University Innovation and Commercialization Office and Toyota IP Solutions, which the car company recently launched to broaden access to its patent portfolio.

“There is tremendous value in our portfolio, and for Toyota, it is fitting that our first license agreement will drive safety innovation,” says Frederick Mau, IP counsel and director of patent licensing for Toyota Motor North America.

“Highly advanced systems are radically reshaping the transportation landscape, making drivers, occupants and vehicles into teammates — all working together safely and conveniently,” Mau adds. “We are excited to partner with institutions such as IUPUI-TASI to license these safety protocols with Hebei Pride to continue our safety mission by helping to support a safe evolution to a broader mobility future.”

Source: Automotive World

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