An expert of autonomous systems from Oregon State University is leading a push to help create better research infrastructure for improve safety, performance, and security of autonomous vehicles, which was recently boosted by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
The project, a collaborative effort with the University of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, will put one-tenth-scale autonomous cars into the hands of researchers nationwide. They are working with the smaller cars because they are less expensive and safer to use.
Houssam Abbas, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State, is one of the project's principal investigators. He has been using the miniature vehicles for his own research areas such as cyber-physical security, and he has a bigger vision for the impact the cars could have for other researchers.
"If you want to see these autonomous systems developed with high performance and a high guarantee of safety and security, then you need everybody to pitch in," Abbas said. "And so we are going to help that process. It's really about being part of a larger community."
Testing autonomous systems on full-scale vehicles can be prohibitively expensive - a base model can cost more than $300,000. Abbas says he priced one out at $700,000 that was loaded with everything he would need for his research.
In contrast, the one-tenth-sized cars will be free to the more than 30 labs collaborating on the grant. The smaller cars are also safer to use when testing out new systems.
Read more here
Join us November 12-15 for the Property Portal Watch Conference Madrid 2019.