Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has formally launched the next phase of its research mission, celebrating the successful conclusion of its first five years of auto safety research. The new research effort, named CSRC Next, will focus on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.
First announced in 2014, CSRC Next will direct $35 million through 2021 towards research designed to support a safe transition to the future of mobility.
Projects will follow four research tracks:
1. The potential integration of active and passive safety systems, using advanced pre-crash sensors to improve and personalise crash protection
2. Building advanced technology vehicle user experience models for individuals and society in order to improve usability and strengthen the driver-vehicle relationship;
3. Studying driver state detection, working to improve mobility using metrics for physiology and health; and,
4. Applying big data and safety analytics techniques to develop algorithms and tools to study naturalistic driving data.
At launch, CSRC Next’s research portfolio includes eight projects in partnership with six schools. Examples include work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab to develop new systems for autonomous vehicles to perceive and identify objects in their environment and to understand social interactions in traffic; and a research study with Virginia Tech to estimate issues that may arise after Integrated Safety Systems (ISS) are deployed in the future, including all active and passive safety systems.
CSRC is working with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Toyota Connected (TC). CSRC research is helping to accelerate autonomous driving technology development as well as contributing to the exploration of the complex relationship between future mobility and broader social trends.
The beginning of CSRC Next also marks the conclusion of the center’s first five years of automotive safety research; In that period, CSRC has launched and completed 44 research projects with 23 partner universities, publishing more than 200 papers and presenting at multiple industry conferences. And while CSRC research has helped improve the safety of Toyota vehicles. Results have contributed to standards development at international bodies like the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).