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A collaborative effort for safer and more efficient transportation with intelligent vehicles

Grant number: 13/50332-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2013 - September 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computer Systems
Convênio/Acordo: Ohio State University
Principal Investigator:Denis Fernando Wolf
Grantee:Denis Fernando Wolf
Principal researcher abroad: Umit Ozguner
Institution abroad: Ohio State University, Columbus, United States
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/10660-2 - CARINA Project - Intelligent Robotic Car for Autonomous Navigation, AP.R


According to World Health Organization, each year approximately 1.2 million lives are lost due to traffic accidents worldwide. Besides that, other 50 million suffer non-fatal injuries in collisions. Notably, the majority of these fatalities are due to human factors. Mobile Robotics addresses this scenario and proposes a number of solutions to create safer and more efficient vehicles. Research in this area has been receiving increasing attention in the last decade. Competitions like DARPA Urban Challenge and the European Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge have been pushing the state of the art in perception, control, and intelligent autonomous vehicles development. Besides reducing' the risk of accidents, intelligent vehicles bring also other benefits like improved fuel usage, as well as a more efficient freight transportation and traffic flow in big cities. Elderly, physically handicapped, and visually impaired people can also greatly benefit from this technology as it considerably improves their mobility. The proposal aims to contribute to State of the art in perception, decision making, and interaction capabilities of autonomous vehicles with people and other cars. Both the Mobile Robotics Laboratory (ICMC/USP) and Control and Intelligent Transportation Research Laboratory (OSU) have a significant proportion of their activities focusing on developing intelligent vehicles for urban environments. This project will allow the exchange of the expertise in different topics related to this problem, leading to practical and theoretical advances in the field. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
Un futuro sin chofer 
The driverless future 
Un automóvil sin conductor 
Driverless Car 
Un automóvil sin conductor 
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