Universities team up to develop fully autonomous car

May 02, 2014

By RYUTA KURATOMI/ Staff Writer

KITA-KYUSHU--Three universities opened a research center here May 1 to jointly develop the car of the future--a self-drive vehicle with artificial intelligence.

The 27 researchers slated to take part in the development of the automated car hail from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, the University of Kitakyushu and Waseda University.

The universities aim to develop a prototype as early as fiscal 2017.

“We want to enter into the joint development of automated vehicles with domestic automakers in the future,” said Morio Matsunaga, president of the Kyushu Institute of Technology.

Each school brings its own expertise to the venture. The Kyushu Institute of Technology is already working on an artificial intelligence system that will enable automobiles to judge for themselves whether it is better to steer around an object or to stop suddenly to avoid a collision.

The University of Kitakyushu is developing a system that can detect people and vehicles no matter the conditions, such as in bad weather or darkness. And, researchers from Waseda University’s graduate school are experimenting with automated electric vehicles.

By RYUTA KURATOMI/ Staff Writer
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