Toyota Research Institute (TRI) furthering its support of open source platforms has donated $100,000 to the Computer Vision Center (CVC). The CVC is working on an open source simulator for automated driving, Car Learning to Act (CARLA).
CARLA is non-profit, open source simulator for the development, training and validation of automated urban driving systems. It provides also open digital assets (urban layouts, buildings, vehicles) that were created for this purpose and can be used freely. The simulation platform supports flexible specification of sensor suites and environmental conditions. It is hosted on Github, and its development is directed by the CVC at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain.
The team behind CARLA plans on using TRI’s gift to expand its engineering team and the simulator’s capabilities. CARLA is another major commitment by TRI to an open source platform. TRI has made significant donations for two consecutive years to the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which offers the global robotics community access to open source robotics software and development tools. TRI is also the primary contributor to Drake, an open source C++ toolbox created by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) for analyzing the dynamics of robots and building control systems.