MSU Announces On-Campus Smart Transport Initiative

“MSU added that CANVAS vehicles will also leverage biometric technology ‘for passenger identification, theft protection and owner personalization.'”

Michigan State University is seeking to pioneer the use of advanced new automotive technologies on its 5,200-acre campus.MSU Announces On-Campus Smart Transport Initiative

Calling it the “Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety”, or “CANVAS”, initiative, MSU is taking advantage of various sensor technology to enable autonomous vehicle transportation on campus. The vehicles will make use of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, anonymized data collection, electrical charging, and sophisticated artificial intelligence.

In a statement announcing the CANVAS initiative, MSU explained that the transportation solutions will take advantage of “the university’s advanced sensing and processing technology, which at 97 percent detection accuracy currently, is industry-leading in anticipating pedestrian behaviors.”

MSU added that CANVAS vehicles will also leverage biometric technology “for passenger identification, theft protection and owner personalization.” It’s a particularly fitting component of the CANVAS program, given that MSU is home to one of the world’s most well-respected biometrics researchers, Dr. Anil Jain, and his trailblazing lab.

With smart and autonomous vehicle concepts starting to gain traction around the world, MSU’s CANVAS initiative is a timely one, and could help to further establish the university as a leader in technological research.