Universities join forces on autonomous vehicle research

Florida Polytechnic University and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia have announced plans to collaborate on ways to develop autonomous vehicle technology for the public transportation sector. 

The two universities have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Florida Poly’s Advanced Mobility Institute join forces with TalTech to advance the research and application of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. 

“TalTech has demonstrated prototype AV shuttles and has a desire to extend into increasingly real-world applications,” said Dr. Rahul Razdan, senior director for special projects at Florida Poly.

“At the Advanced Mobility Institute, we aim at showing robustness of this technology, so this connection is highly synergistic.”

TalTech is Estonia’s only technological university and has been committed to the development of autonomous vehicle technology for years. Working with two private companies, AuVeTech and ABB, the university created Estonia’s first self-driving car, the ISEAUTO.

“TalTech is excited to collaborate with Florida Polytechnic University to accelerate the benefits of AV technology in Europe,” said Raivo Sell, senior researcher at TalTech. “The Advanced Mobility Institute is the perfect partner for us due to its strong team of experts focused in AV research and testing.”

As well as its partnership with TalTech, Florida Poly recently announced a collaboration with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to enhance the development of autonomous vehicle technology in public transportation.

“We’re thrilled to work together with both TalTech and JTA,” said Florida Poly president Dr. Randy Avent. “The Advanced Mobility Institute enables Florida Poly to collaborate with state entities as well as with international teams who share the goal of making autonomous vehicles a daily reality.”

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