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Texas A&M Receives $24M to Research AVs

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July 6, 2021—The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station received a proposed five-year, $24 million contract from the Army Research Laboratory for autonomous vehicle research and development "across various environments and domains."

The testing will be conducted at the school's Busch Combat Development Complex and will focus on developing AI and machine learning algorithms for AVs, according to a university report. LiDAR, radar and other visual and thermal datasets will be collected  to evaluate the algorithms "in real and synthetic environments."

"The ... agreement between ARL and the Texas A&M System will foster the acceleration of fundamental research in autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform the future of human-agent teaming,”ARL program manager Andrew Ladas said.

Srikanth Saripalli, a Texas A&M mechanical engineering professor and lead principal investigator for the project, says the collaboration will enable the program "to rapidly test and validate autonomous vehicle capabilities at multiple locations simultaneously, which will accelerate the ability to incorporate research results into synthetic environments."

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