Toyota is donating $ 30 million to the Ann Arbor Security Research Center

Toyoya announced that it will provide $ 30 million in funding to the Ann Arbor Collaborative Safety Research Center over five years. // stock photos

Toyota announced that the Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in Ann Arbor is entering the next phase of automotive safety projects, backed by a five-year pledge of $ 30 million.

“People are at the heart of Toyota’s technology development strategy, so we’re designing our new safety research in pursuit of ‘safety for all,’” says Danil Prokhorov, director of Toyota’s Future Research Department (FRD) and CSRC.

“Our projects will research the diversity of security needs and analyze secure mobility options that take into account different applications, physical properties and accessibility for people and society.”

The center, located at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, has raised $ 85 million over the past 10 years to help make the roads safer for everyone. The projects ranged from basic research on the factors that lead to distracted driving to the development of tools and test procedures for the effectiveness of driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Throughout its history, the CSRC has worked with leading institutions and experts from organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan, among others.

The CSRC has identified three new research paths that should guide its work over the next five years. This will ensure that the centre’s work adapts to the emerging challenges of the changing mobility ecosystem.

The three interconnected tracks interweave the diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds of the CSRC team and emphasize agility, shorter project times and faster results:

  • Human Centric: We help everyone to understand the mobility technologies of today and tomorrow, to benefit from them and to interact with them. Example areas are new technology training and customer health and wellbeing.
  • Safety guarantee: Improving the safe operation of future mobility technologies, in particular automated driving systems, by examining the traffic environment, human drivers and possible safety risks. Examples are a deeper understanding of the interactions between road users and the involvement of the driver in the automation.
  • Assessment: Strengthening the decisions of individual customers and industry stakeholders by identifying quantitative measures for mobility security. Examples are new crash protection measures and repeatable test scenarios for new driver assistance and automation functions.

Since its inception, the CSRC has completed 85 research projects with more than 25 institutions, published more than 260 research papers, and engaged more than 300 researchers who have shared the results worldwide. It will continue to seek partnerships to resolve security issues faced by vulnerable and vulnerable populations.

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