MSUToday
Published: Jan. 16, 2019

MSU’s advanced mobility ecosystem on display at 2019 NAIAS

Contact(s): Patricia Mroczek College of Engineering office: (517) 432-1303 mroczekp@egr.msu.edu

Michigan State University is highlighting how it is transforming its 5,200-acre campus into a connected ecosystem for new mobility solutions during AutoMobili-D at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS, at Detroit’s Cobo Center until Jan. 17.

 This year’s MSU exhibit offers experts and video introductions to MSU Mobility, featuring:

  • Multi-modal sensor fusion using radars, lidars, cameras and advances algorithms to create “super human” artificial intelligence for automated driving
  • Smart highway infrastructures
  • SocioMobility – the impacts of automated vehicles and mobility on society
  • Legal changes facing autonomous transportation

At MSU, smart systems work 24/7, sending and receiving ongoing data on how thousands of people move around different environments. Spartan Mobility Village is the new home of MSU’s mobility labs where roadways and parking lots can be closed for testing of new technologies. In the future, unoccupied buildings will be used as a background for sensing technologies, including radar clutter simulating the suburban environment.

MSU experts in wireless communications and electromagnetics are available to explain lidar technology and high-frequency radar for machine vision that captures a precise 3D view of the travel environment – even in fog or snow.

Experts are on hand during AutoMobili-D to discuss MSU’s connected campus and leading technology, such as: 

  • Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and data fusion
  • Embedded pavement sensors for navigation assistance and damage detection
  • Biometrics for passenger identification, personalization and theft protection
  • Cybersecurity and data updates

Shelia Cotton, MSU professor in the Department of Media and Information, will be presenting on a panel called "The Road Ahead:  Examining the impact of autonomy beyond the vehicle” from 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. today, on the PlanetM Stage. 

Autonomous research vehicles from MSU and the University of Michigan are featured in a shared display of current mobility developments. It is the second year in a row that the state’s two largest universities are sharing a space at NAIAS, courtesy of PlanetM.