The Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) is one of eight institutions partnering with Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) to study autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.

The research projects will focus on the impact of advanced technology on broader road safety trends and the interaction between humans and machines. Specific research challenges include the integration of advanced active safety systems, like automatic emergency braking, and passive systems, human experience design for advanced technology vehicles, driver state detection, and using analytics to help improve the study of naturalistic driving data.

“Autonomous and connected vehicle technologies are only just beginning to transform the transportation landscape,” said Chuck Gulash, Director of CSRC. “By working together with world-renowned institutions and making our results public, we are proud to help realize the promise of advanced mobility solutions and a safe, convenient transportation future.”

MCIRCC’s project, led by Kayvan Najarian, PhD and Toyota’s CSRC NEXT principal scientist, Pujitha Gunaratne, PhD, will bring together investigators from emergency medicine, internal medicine, computational medicine and bioinformatics, and computer science.

The team is developing new technology that could help predict cardiac events on the road and potentially prevent vehicle crashes. The research will utilize machine-learning algorithms to analyze data collected by state-of-the-art sensors to non-invasively monitor a driver’s physiology and, in the future, possibly predict cardiac events.

Click here to learn more about the project.

Click here to read Toyota CSRC NEXT’s official release.