Intel subsidiary and Internet of Things software provider, Wind River has teamed with the Transportation Research Centre (TRC), Ohio State University (OSU), and the City of Dublin (US) to advance connected and autonomous technologies.
The planned collaboration—focused around the Columbus region in central Ohio—aims to accelerate learning in the automotive community. The group looks to develop strategies and technologies that safely and securely increase the pace, quality, development, testing, and deployment of self-driving and other connected vehicle technologies.
“The Central Ohio region is an emerging hub for smart city and smart vehicle technologies and our approach, uniting minds from academia, the public sector, and the tech industry, can set a standard for how communities can innovate mobility and use the learnings to impact vehicle development and deployment best practices,” said Wind River Connected Vehicle Solutions general manager, Marques McCammon.
“To realise autonomous driving for the masses, a variety of players must come together with an aligned understanding. Software is core to today’s automobile and the automobile is a central part of our communities, so it is essential to be highly inclusive and collaborative when undertaking autonomous research.
“This makes a city like Dublin—which embraces technology and is already one of the most connected smart cities in the US – such a natural partner.
In addition to the self-driving cars themselves, the group plans to test technologies such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, connected vehicle cockpit software, smart sensing and mapping, and the associated data collection.
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With Ohio State students, researchers, and faculty to play a role, the collaboration is also intended to further develop the next generation of automotive thinking.
The key objective for the project’s initial phase includes joint development and testing of autonomous vehicles or ‘rolling laboratories.’
Applying its expertise from the aerospace and defence, industrial, and automotive industries, Wind River plans to spearhead the project development and contribute its software for safety-critical systems.