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Florida Poly Pairs With Estonian University On Driverless Car Research

A mockup of the ISEAUTO, designed at Tallinn Technical University in Estonia.
Tallinn Technical University
A mockup of the ISEAUTO, designed at Tallinn Technical University in Estonia.

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland has a new partner in autonomous vehicle research--a university in Estonia that’s built a prototype of a driverless car.  

Tallinn Technical University’s ISEAUTO uses open source software. For students learning about driverless cars, it’s a good fit.  

“In the U.S, most the AVs are being built by private entities and you don’t have easy access to the inner workings of the vehicle,” said Rahul Razdan, who oversees special projects at Florida Poly.  

At about 11 feet long and five feet wide, ISEAUTO looks like a small tram.  With standing room for about four passengers, Razdan said it could be a shuttle for transit riders on the last mile of their journey.  

“That’s likely where this technology will become, as it were, real well before the car that takes you everywhere just by saying something,” he said. 

Florida Polytechnic is already working with Jacksonville’s transit agency to test driverless transit vehicles.  The university’s Autonomous Mobility Institute focuses on making driverless cars safer.  

“You really want to get insights into what the car is seeing, how it sees it, how it perceives the environment. And that’s what makes the research collaboration here quite complementary,” Razdan said.  

Bradley George was a Morning Edition host and reporter at WUSF until March 2022.
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