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­b Awarded $1.2 Million For Self-Driving Car Research

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The driving simulator inside the University at Buffalo's Motion Simulation Laboratory.

The University at Buffalo will use a $1.2-million grant from the U.S. National science Foundation to create a research center for autonomous and connected vehicles.

Credit: Douglas Levere

University at Buffalo (UB) researchers have received a $1.2-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create a multifaceted research center for self-driving and connected cars.

The facility will rely on the Instrument for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Evaluation and Experimentation (iCAVE2), which will sync UB's existing driving, traffic, and wireless networking simulators to a gadget-equipped vehicle, as well as other sensors and instruments on UB's campus.

The iCAVE2 platform will integrate UB's driving simulators, its traffic simulator, and its network simulator to create virtual yet realistic traffic scenarios to evaluate connected and self-driving car technology. The platform will simulate how people respond to safety messages delivered via their connected car, as well as to rush hour traffic, including both self-driving cars and traditional vehicles.

Driving simulators and road testing facilities previously have operated independently of each other. "With iCAVE2, we are bridging that gap and creating a space where academia, information technology companies, automakers, and other industries can evaluate and validate their products," says UB professor Chunming Qiao.

The platform is designed to answer questions that relate to the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of traffic systems.

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