Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has announced 10 new research initiatives and new research agreements with six North American universities and research institutions.

The new projects will research subjects ranging from driver education and collision mitigation to accident reconstruction and enhanced crash data analysis.

An expansion of the centre's work, these initiatives build upon the CSRC's initial focus of working to reduce the risk of driver distraction.

Along with previously announced partnerships with University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the projects also announced to bring the total number of ongoing research programmes to 13. 

The CSRC initiative will operate on an initial budget of US$50m from 2011-2015 and hopes to announce additional partners and programmes over the next year.