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Toyota invests $1M for research into safety of future mobility


By David Schwartz
Published: November 17th, 2020

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center has announced four new research projects focused on enhancing advanced technology system designs to be intuitive, easy to understand and to safely engage with drivers. The center is partnering on the research projects with the University of Michigan, Miami University, the University of Nebraska, the Texas Transportation Institute and State Farm insurance.

These projects will focus on enabling safer and more efficient mobility systems by exploring driver behavior in different environments, monitoring driver health, and identifying driver error when interacting with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies.

Data from each project will be shared across the institutions to help speed research, with the results made public to support the advancement of auto safety industrywide.

“These studies will help us better align advanced vehicle technologies with the driver’s needs and allow us to design and develop systems that are ultimately intuitive and easy for drivers to use,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president with Toyota North America’s Advanced Mobility Research & Development. “By working with our partner institutions, and openly sharing our insights with the broader automotive, government, NGO, and technology communities, we believe we can help progress society’s acceptance of these new and promising technologies.”

Since opening in 2011, CSRC has been very active in university partnering, initiating 63 research projects with 31 universities. The center’s research has made meaningful contributions to auto safety industrywide, including studies into the impact of human factors on vehicle safety and the efficacy of active and passive safety systems, as well as the collection of driving safety data and development of new tools to analyze that data.

The new CSRC research projects include:

  • Roadmanship-integrated advanced driver assistance systems, with the University of Michigan, analyzing how courtesy in driving characteristics can be used to help define r automated driving design criteria.
  • Postural response time to avoid a fall, with Miami University, design an alert system for autonomous shuttle riders to adjust their balance and prepare for a sudden stop to avoid falling.
  • Feasibility and utility of the car as a platform for indexing driver health and disease with the University of Nebraska, examining driver monitoring systems to detect health and disease, enabling safer and more efficient use of mobility systems.
  • Identifying deviations from normal driving behavior, with the Texas Transportation Institute and State Farm. The project study integrated multi-domain data (e.g., vehicle, driver, infrastructure, crash record) in identifying driver behaviors, including driver errors and poor performance when interacting with modern autonomous driving systems.

Source: MITechNews

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