It’s relatively easy to collect data about connected and autonomous vehicles – the question is how do you use it effectively to create real and substantial improvements in safety, engineering, economic and technology? The answer to that question since 1965 has come from the minds behind the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, a multi-discipline research organization devoted to achieving safe and sustainable transportation for a global society.
Over the past five decades, The U-M Transportation Research Institute has conducted more than 1,000 short- and long-term research projects in a variety of areas. Some of its specialties include accident data collection, traffic safety analysis, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, psychology and other human factors affecting how and why we drive the way we do. As a result, the Institute has an international reputation for its motor-vehicle safety research related to injury biomechanics and it is at the forefront of connected vehicle-research and testing, sustainable mobility systems, transportation data fusion and analysis as well as the efficient movement of heavy freight.
Through its partnerships and industry collaborations, U-M Transportation Research Institute and its partner Mcity are conducting research on and in the deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies. Together, these dynamic organizations have collected more than 70 terabytes of data; nearly 7 million trips; 45 million miles and 138.5 billion records. The Institute is seeking additional collaborations to further its work and put Michigan and the nation in the driver’s seat when it comes to connected and autonomous vehicles.