Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has launched nine new projects to be launched with a five-year, $30 million commitment from the OEM as part of the next phase of its safety research plan. automotive safety.
The projects will “examine the diversity of safety needs and analyze safe mobility options that adapt to a variety of applications, physical characteristics and levels of accessibility for people and society,” according to a statement. release from Toyota.
“The foundation of CSRC is built on collaborations to harness outstanding researchers and security institutions across the country, and we are excited to continue these strategic partnerships in the future,” said Danil Prokhorov, Director of CSRC and Future Research. Department (FRD) of Toyota. , in the press release. “As we explore inclusive safety technologies to meet unique and ever-changing needs in our quest for mobility for all, we will also continue to publish our CSRC research findings for others to foster societal benefits. .”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech and the Indianapolis Purdue University will participate in the projects. Toyota plans to openly share and present data from each project to benefit “the advancement of automotive safety throughout the industry.”
The nine projects are:
The projects were announced at a virtual CSRC media event showcasing safer mobility:
Projects are selected based on their application to CSRC’s new research avenues for the next five-year period – Human-Centric, Safety Assurance and Assessment.
The CSRC is considering other projects and will announce more at a later date, according to the release. CSRC will also seek new partnerships to address security issues faced by at-risk and vulnerable populations.
CSRC NEXT, the center’s previous research phase from 2017 to 2021 included a $35 million investment in research that “focused on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade”. A summary of the research is available for reading and downloading here.
Feature Image: A 2012 Camry is crash tested at 35 mph to demonstrate Toyota’s safety testing at a CSRC seminar. (Photo provided by Toyota)
Project list image provided by Toyota
Safer Mobility Showcase video provided by Toyota