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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Center Launches New Research Projects Exploring the Safety Needs of an Evolving Mobility Ecosystem

Nine projects mark the start of CSRC’s next phase of automotive safety research, supported by a new five-year period, $30 million commitment

CSRC to collaborate with University of Massachusetts-AmherstChildren’s Hospital Philadelphia, University from the Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech and Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis

ANN ARBOUR, Mich., April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced nine new projects launched as part of the next phase of its pioneering automotive safety research, supported by the new five-year plan, $30 million commitment announced last year. The new research projects, announced at a virtual CSRC media event showcasing safer mobility, will examine the diversity of safety needs and analyze safe mobility options that fit a variety of applications, from physical characteristics and levels of accessibility for people and society.

“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 Toyota Research Department (FRD). . “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 new projects will call on the expertise of University of MassachusettsAmherstChildren’s Hospital Philadelphia, University from the Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech and Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis. Data from each project will be published and presented openly to maximize the outcome of these collaborations and studies for the benefit of advancing automotive safety industry-wide.

The nine projects are:

Project title



Tailor-made training based on self-perception and driver knowledge

How to promote the proper use of security technologies in the face of pre-existing received ideas? Researchers will use a combination of longitudinal observation and driving simulator research to investigate various approaches to educating uninformed users about safety technologies.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Training in risk anticipation to improve novice driving

Can an interactive tool help novice drivers better identify hazards in common driving scenes? Researchers will study software designed to improve scanning, target identification and correct looks and its effect on driving performance, future crashes and traffic violations.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Caregivers’ attitudes towards heat stroke risks and solutions in pediatric vehicles

What motivates carers to take preventative measures against heatstroke in children in vehicles?
Researchers will use scientific surveys and focused group interviews to analyze societal attitudes surrounding perceived risk factors and acceptance of mitigation strategies.

Philadelphia Children’s Hospital

Library of real and simulated cases of accidents and AV-Vulnerable Road User (VRU) interactions

How can we coordinate shared experiences between automated driving developers and stakeholders regarding VRU safety? Researchers will study multiple naturalistic driving databases to identify complex and unique VRU interaction scenarios for use in safety assessment.

University of Michigan-Dearborn; University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

Evolution of the characteristics of activities other than driving

What non-driving activities do drivers engage in when using L2 driver assistance features with different types of driver monitoring? Researchers will study driver behavior in vehicles equipped with L2 driver assistance functions with driver monitoring systems.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rapid Response Consumer Education Needs and Live Updates

How should users be notified of changes to the operation of security technology as a result of an over-the-air update? Researchers will investigate how various changes to the way safety technologies work affect performance and driving behavior, then investigate various education methods to maximize understanding of the new operation.

University of Iowa

Trends in Driver Avoidance Actions in Intersection Crashes

How can driver assist technology help drivers naturally avoid collisions at intersections? Researchers will analyze multiple naturalistic intersection driving datasets with accident/near-miss/normal intersection driving scenarios to develop and integrate driver models for an intersection driver assistance system .

Virginia Tech; Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Predicting the behavior of vulnerable road users (bicycle and electric scooter)

How to improve interactions between cyclists, micro-mobility users and other traffic actors to improve safety? Researchers will collect and analyze naturalistic driving data in several US cities to create models of interaction between vehicles, cyclists and electric scooters to develop stress-free driving assistance.

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Equity in Crash Protection: Considering Human Variation to Assess Injuries

What parameters affect the differences in injuries, in particular to the thorax, between the different groups? Researchers will use the THUMS human body model to study the different body shapes of men and women and how to improve crash protection for the diverse population.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

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 – which weave together the diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds of the CSRC team. Each project is designed to be completed in a short period of time to emphasize agility for faster results.

The CSRC is considering other projects and will announce others at a later date. CSRC will also seek out new partnerships that can offer new insights and different research methods to address safety issues faced by at-risk and vulnerable populations.

The CRSC also today released a thought leadership document summarizing CSRC NEXT, its previous research phase from 2017 to 2021. This phase included a $35 million investment in research that focused on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade. The document can be viewed and downloaded HERE. Additionally, a short video was produced that summarizes the importance of CSRC and its accomplishments with an overview of future plans.

Toyota established the Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in 2011 to advance road safety for industry and society through open partnerships with universities, hospitals and other institutions. The CSRC has received $85 million during its first 10 years for fundamental safety research, including the factors that lead to distracted driving and the development of tools and test procedures related to the effectiveness of advanced driver assistance systems driving (ADAS).

Since its inception, CSRC has completed 85 research projects with more than 30 different institutions, published more than 260 research articles, and engaged more than 300 researchers, who have publicly shared the results globally. The projects have made significant contributions to help advance research and technology for the safe integration of future mobility solutions for all.

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SOURCE Toyota Motor North America