Self-driving car at UB highlights cutting-edge transportation research
Few recent technological advancements have generated as much
buzz as self-driving cars. From Silicon Valley to Detroit and
beyond, researchers are working around the clock to bring
autonomous vehicles to the masses.
While that’s still a few years away, the Buffalo Niagara
region got a preview of the future with a self-driving vehicle
demonstration in a parking lot at UB’s North Campus.
The event featured a self-driving SUV developed by Southwest
Research Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit applied research and
development organization. The vehicle is designed to improve safety
at roadside construction projects.
Southwest Research Institute partnered with UB’s Institute
for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics, and the
UB-headquartered Transportation Informatics Tier 1 University
Transportation Center, both of which conduct cutting-edge
transportation research, to coordinate the event, which took place
on June 24, 2016.
Erie County, which is exploring implementing Southwest Research
Institute’s technology in roadside operations, was also a
partner in the event.