BU College of Engineering Receives NEXTCAR Grant to Develop Smart Car Technology

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BU Professor Christos Cassandras (ECE, SE) leads BU initiative with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Michigan, and Bosch Corporation.

The Boston University College of Engineering announced it is a co-investigator for a $3.36 million grant received by Oak Ridge National Laboratory from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) NEXTCAR program. The grant focuses on developing novel control technologies for connected and automated vehicles with the goal of achieving a 20 percent improvement in vehicle energy efficiency. Read more at EurekAlert.org.

 

Cassandras' vision to create an internet of cars would improve the cooperation between vehicles and their surroundings. In this simulation, note how the cars decelerate and accelerate accordingly without fully stopping at intersections and how no traffic light signaling is used. Provided by CODES Laboratory
Cassandras’ vision to create an internet of cars would improve the cooperation between vehicles and their surroundings. In this simulation, note how the cars decelerate and accelerate accordingly without fully stopping at intersections and how no traffic light signaling is used. Provided by CODES Laboratory.
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Working in the Robotics Laboratory, Cassandras and his team use mobile robots to run a live simulation of smart vehicle technology by projecting a city grid on the floor. The robots respond to traffic lights (the red and green dots) and each other when moving through intersections. Provided by CODES Laboratory.