Ericsson, MIT Students Partner on Autonomous Driving Tech

Collaboration searches for understanding of driver profiles.

by on Mar.28, 2016

Ericsson and MIT students are partnering to find ways learn more about driver profiles to deliver information to autonomous vehicles.

Ericsson, the Swedish-based communications technology company, is partnering with students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on an autonomous driving project.

Students from the university’s System Design & Management program are looking for potential solutions for Ericsson’s Autonomous Driving – Predictive Mobility project. The collaboration is a result of significant student interest expressed the SDM Project Forum and Core Technology Showcase, which was held in January at the MIT’s influential Media Lab.

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Ericsson’s Autonomous Driving project is preparing software, combining data and analytics that will enable the Swedish company to better understand context, driver profiles and network awareness in support of app delivery to autonomous vehicles, including intelligent media streaming.

One of the project’s many challenges is how to securely capture the driver’s identity so as to better understand preferences and behavior, according to the announcement by Ericsson, which is one of the world’s best known makers of communications technology. The MIT SDM project team will work with Ericsson to define and design this “identity” module.

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The Ericsson and MIT partnership underscores the growing interest in autonomous driving and self-driving cars among potential suppliers and institutions outside the auto industry. The topic also is also attracting the interest of some of the world’s best and brightest students, Ericsson noted in its press release.

Last week, Carlos Ghosn, speaking at the New York International Auto Show, said he expects autonomous vehicles to become more commonplace in the years to come. Renault and Nissan are planning to offer 10 autonomous-drive models by 2020, Ghosn said.

“We are eager to team with MIT to push the boundaries of autonomous car innovation,” said Mike Kaul, vice president, Technology, Business Unit Support Solution at Ericsson.

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“MIT’s SDM program combines multiple academic disciplines, including engineering, management and systems thinking, for top-tier mid-career professionals with several years of work experience who want to innovate and lead. Their participation will offer fresh insight, and creative perspective to Ericsson’s important Autonomous Driving project.”

The 2016 SDM Core Technology Showcase attracted about 300 students and faculty, as well as representatives from companies that presented 28 projects for students to judge and vote on for further development.

System Design & Management, the MIT master’s program in engineering and management, was created in 1996 and integrates engineering, management, and systems thinking with leadership and innovation in a single curriculum.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is considered one the world’s top universities. It is known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering and has as of 2015 85 Nobel laureates.

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