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Connected Vehicles

In conjunction with their autonomous research, researchers at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) are working to develop and refine methods of vehicle connectivity.

These researchers create testable, verifiable solutions for the connection of vehicles, and they do so by investigating performance in both real-world and semi-virtual environments and scenarios. Center for Intelligent Transportation Research laboratory’s facilities—including a desk top driving simulator and vehicle-to-x laboratory—permit researchers to conduct extensive studies on intersection safety, connected traffic lights, traffic management and optimization, and driving modeling, with a combination of automated and manual driving. Additionally, the center has access to the university’s full scale driving simulator which provides tools for evaluating in-vehicle systems for infotainment and vehicle guidance to ensure conformance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) driver distraction guidelines, as well as for investigating attention, stress, cognitive workload and other factors in the driving task.

By partnering with influential automotive original equipment manufacturers, such as a long-standing relationship with Ford Motor Company, for example, and organizations such as the National Science Foundation and DURA Automotive Systems, researchers create demonstrable products that will shape the future experience of vehicle operation.