Toyota invests $35 million in autonomous and connected vehicle safety

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has launched its latest research effort, CSRC Next, which will see it invest $35 million into the challenges and opportunities presented by autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.

Research projects to support a safe transition to the future of mobility 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.

“The launch of CSRC Next reflects Toyota’s understanding of the importance of human interaction with emerging and advanced vehicle technologies,” said CSRC Director Chuck Gulash.

“These highly advanced systems are radically reshaping the transportation landscape, building a relationship between drivers, occupants and vehicles as teammates working together safely and conveniently.

“We are excited to continue our safety mission by helping to support a safe evolution to a broader mobility future.”

Since its launch in 2011, CSRC has collaborated with leading North American universities, hospitals, and research institutions on projects aimed at reducing traffic casualties.