Feb 05, 2013
It won’t be too long before cars can start talking to each other.
Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Design and Carnegie Mellon University are working on a collaborative effort to improve the future of transportation through an interdisciplinary research group known as the Consortium for Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation funded this faculty-led, student-based interdisciplinary research initiative with a grant of $6.9 million.
“Funding by the Department of Transportation is extremely competitive,” John Russell, University Transportation Center administrator, said in an email. “I believe we were selected due [to] Carnegie Mellon University’s current participation and success in UTC projects, and the transportation projects Penn’s faculty and students proposed during the application process.”
On Jan. 11, Penn professor and University Transportation Center Director Daniel Lee assisted in kick-starting the initiative at a symposium on campus.
Other Penn professors, including Rahul Mangharam, are working with small groups of engineering students to research various possibilities for improving road safety and auto technology.
Mangharam, a professor in electrical and systems engineering, explained that the focus of this project can be divided into three areas of research: technology within the vehicle, inter-vehicle safety and congestion management.
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