LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia, are joining forces to advance the research and application of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in Florida and Europe. Through a memorandum of understanding, both universities agreed to collaborate on ways to develop this emerging technology for the public transportation sector.
“TalTech has demonstrated prototype AV shuttles and has a desire to extend into increasingly real-world applications,” said Dr. Rahul Razdan, senior director for special projects at Florida Poly. “At the Advanced Mobility Institute, we aim at showing robustness of this technology, so this connection is highly synergistic.”
Florida Poly’s Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI) is a university-affiliated research center focused on advancing and testing AV technology. AMI is not only unique to the state, but also one of the largest university centers specialized on the narrow area of testing and verification of AV technology in the country.
The mutual agreement between Florida Poly and TalTech fosters the development of AV technology within downtowns and university campuses, as well as other controlled settings. It also creates work and study opportunities to support the implementation and testing of this technology, along with promoting education and outreach efforts regarding its applications.
“TalTech is excited to collaborate with Florida Polytechnic University to accelerate the benefits of AV technology in Europe,” said Raivo Sell, senior researcher at TalTech. “The Advanced Mobility Institute is the perfect partner for us due to its strong team of experts focused in AV research and testing.”
Located in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, TalTech is the only technological university in the country and has become their flagship of engineering and technology research and education. TalTech has been committed to the development of AV technology for years and created, in cooperation with private companies AuVeTech and ABB, Estonia’s first self-driving car – the ISEAUTO.
Recently, Florida Poly announced a collaboration with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to enhance the development of AV technology in public transportation. Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Poly, said that these new alliances with AMI are key to seeing this cutting-edge technology successfully implemented in the nearby future.
“We’re thrilled to work together with both TalTech and JTA,” said Avent. “The Advanced Mobility Institute enables Florida Poly to collaborate with state entities as well as with international teams who share the goal of making autonomous vehicles a daily reality.”
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