CSRC NEXT, the center’s previous research phase from 2017 to 2021 included a $35 million investment in research that “emphasized the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.” A summary of the research is available to read and download here.
Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has introduced nine new projects that will launch with a $30 million, five-year commitment from the OEM as part of the next phase of its automotive safety research plan.
The projects will “examine the diversity of safety needs and analyze safe mobility options that accommodate a variety of applications, physical characteristics and levels of accessibility for people and society,” according to a Toyota news release.
“The foundation of CSRC is built on collaborations to tap outstanding safety researchers and institutions throughout the country, and we’re excited to continue these strategic partnerships into the future,” said Danil Prokhorov, director of Toyota’s CSRC and Future Research Department (FRD), in the release. “As we explore inclusive safety technologies for meeting unique and ever-evolving needs in our pursuit of mobility for all, we’ll also continue to publish our CSRC research discoveries for others to help foster societal benefit.”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and Indiana University’s Purdue University Indianapolis will participate in the projects. Toyota plans to share and openly present the data from each project to benefit “the advancement of automotive safety industrywide.”
The projects were announced during a virtual CSRC media event showcasing safer mobility:
Projects are selected based on their application to CSRC’s new research tracks for the next five-year period – Human-Centric, Safety Assurance, and Assessment.
CSRC is considering additional projects and will announce more at a later date, according to the release. CSRC will also seek out new partnerships to address safety issues facing at-risk and vulnerable populations.
Featured image: A 2012 Camry is crash tested at 35 mph to demonstrate Toyota’s safety testing during a CSRC seminar. (Photo provided by Toyota)
List of projects image provided by Toyota
Safer Mobility Showcase video provided by Toyota