IT Tralee awarded €1.5 million for research collaboration on driverless vehicles

IT Tralee has been awarded €1.5 million for research on driverless vehicles.

Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys has launched a €4.2 million research collaboration, which includes a contribution by Government of over €2, and will be led by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre.

Researchers from Irish academia including the Institute of Technology Tralee, global automotive and Irish firms will collaborate on this project.

They’ll look at the challenges facing the development of driverless vehicles, especially those working in the same environments as pedestrians, animals, and human-operated vehicles.

Researchers from across Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre along with Science Foundation Ireland, will work with multinational industry partners such as Jaguar Land Rover, Kostal and Liebherr, and large indigenous Irish companies such as Dairymaster.

Lero at IT Tralee’s collaborating industry partners are contributing €650,000 towards this research programme over the next five years.

Head of the School of STEM and Lero at IT Tralee, Professor Joseph Walsh, says the research knowledge gained will help to build world-leading capability in autonomous and adaptive systems.

He adds it’ll help to establish Ireland as an important player in the vehicle autonomous eco-system and deliver solutions that can play a significant part in Ireland’s economy.