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Automated Vehicles

In their development of driver-assisted advanced technology, engineers at the Center for Automotive Research aim to develop technology that optimizes a safe driving experience.

Harnessing both theoretical and applied research, these engineers target the control and coordination of autonomous or semi-autonomous cooperative mobile systems, while exploring methods that boost automated driving and safety mechanisms, including cruising, steering and lane change as part of highway travel and intersection access, turning, merging and stop-and-go operations for urban driving.

These developments are not just trialed in a laboratory setting. CAR takes its research outside the realm of controllable conditions by putting its vehicles to the test. No stranger to competition, the Control and Intelligent Transportation Research laboratory has participated in the U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) off-road challenges and urban challenges since 2004. And, as if these efforts were not far reaching enough, CAR’s engineers have made strides with automating a hybrid vehicle as well.

One major concern drives the development of CAR’s multifaceted solutions: real-world translation. The center’s researchers have a robust portfolio of applied solutions tested on their fleet of vehicles. As such, their findings may be integrated into vehicles produced by automotive companies across the industry board.