Purdue to launch autonomous vehicle innovation center

Associated Press

West Lafayette, Ind. – Purdue University is leading a new innovation hub that’ll focus on autonomous vehicles and issues surrounding the growing technology.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Transportation Technologies will be part of the university’s Discovery Park. The 40-acre complex is used by the school’s STEM undergraduate students, graduate-level researchers and faculty.

Students and faculty studying science, technology, engineering and math will research topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and public policy related to autonomous transportation.

A 2017 survey by the American Automobile Association found only 10 percent of participants said they’d feel safer in a self-driving vehicle.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. ranks the state second in the U.S. for gross domestic product generated from the automotive industry. Michigan holds the top spot.