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Intelligent Transportation Systems

Since the 1960’s, researchers at The Ohio State University have sought to improve safety measures that protect the average driver. Correspondingly, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has become an industry leader in its development of intelligent transport systems.

CAR engineers have developed solutions that encompass a range of intelligent transportation issues, including: automated driving and parking, cooperative mobility, smart cities, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, traffic management systems, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, cooperative and adaptive cruise control, and connected and intelligent vehicles.

CAR engineers’ research efforts are enabled by a vast amount of resources. With their Ohio State-designed and built fleet of connected and automated vehicles on hand, and access to the proving grounds of the Transportation Research Center that test each technology under real-world conditions, CAR researchers take their theoretical understanding of automotive safety to the next level.

In addition to its application of concepts and fleet of connected and automated vehicles, CAR is attuned to the on-going policy debate about the role of driverless cars in today’s society.  This development, though life-enhancing, has surprised the public in terms of how society has previously viewed personal transportation.

Automobiles have become interactive electronic systems that constantly interface with the world outside the vehicle; individual cars are no longer contained entities. In the face of these social implications, CAR partners with industry-experienced researchers from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to keep the public perception in mind throughout the research process.

In their support of driverless cars, researchers at CAR strive to find solutions in the areas of liability, fuel economy regulation and protection of public well-being.