Florida Polytechnic University is taking a major role in the creation and development of self driving cars.
Last week, Florida Poly launched the Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI) which will be “focused on the development and testing of autonomous vehicle (AV) related technology.”
“AMI is not only unique to the state, but also one of the largest university centers specialized on the narrow area of testing and verification of AV technology in the country,” the university noted in the announcement on Tuesday. “The research efforts target key issues that require solutions before a successful deployment of autonomous vehicles is achievable. Some of the research already taking place includes early detection of troublesome scenarios, stress test sensors, object recognition, electromagnetic interference, and human-machine verification. AMI also focuses on public outreach and advanced education of AV technologies.”
“AV technology has the potential to have an impact as significant as the internal combustion engine,” said Rahul Razdan, a senior director for special projects at Florida Poly. “However, to reach its potential, a quantum leap is necessary in the verification of these technologies. Without this work, the full capabilities of AV technology will not be realized.”
AMI is also partnering up with a host of groups including SunTrax, a testing facility run by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) including a 2.25 mile track, which opens in 2019.
“SunTrax will be the first step in building the surrounding area into a destination for the development of this quickly advancing technology, while providing Florida Poly a unique opportunity for its students to participate in the testing and development of transportation and mobility innovations,” said Paul Wai, the executive director and CEO of FTE.
Florida Poly President Randy Avent said the new institute and its partnerships will help advance self driving cars across Florida and boost the university.
“The Advanced Mobility Institute is another way in which Florida Poly is working to research solutions to the challenges of implementing connected and autonomous vehicle technology,” said Avent. “With the AMI and our growing autonomous vehicle education program, I see Florida Poly positioning itself as a leader in the applied research and development of this emerging technology.”
Dean Bushey, the director of AMI, also sounded an optimistic note and showcased a course he designed on self driving vehicles.
“I’m excited about the future and look forward to establishing lasting partnerships with industry executives while building strong relationships with state and local government leaders,” said Bushey. “No doubt AV technology is going to shape so many aspects of our society in the near future and AMI will be a major hub for its development here in Florida.”