SAN JOSE, California – NEXT Future Transportation and C2SMART, a Tier 1 U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center based at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and have agreed to collaborate to create a cyberphysical test bed to test NEXT’s designs for modular self-driving vehicles.
NEXT is a Mass-Transportation and Goods-Movement Company, which is developing a patented, fully automated, electric vehicle fleet and the supporting operating system to bring the ecosystem of services to market at scale.
NEXT’s propriety modular self-driving vehicles can couple while in motion, providing a transfer-less travel experience for users from door to door without the significant cost of assigning vehicles to individuals. To fully realize the technology’s potential, NEXT needs a safe environment to test dispatch, routing, and idle vehicle repositioning algorithms that can fully make use of the vehicles’ capabilities.
NYU’s C2SMART will build and use scale models of NEXT’s vehicles, along with simulations, to test routing algorithms and operational policies for shared autonomous vehicles, helping the company to propose and start field pilots in cities.
For this collaboration, NEXT will share the specifications for its 1:10 scale vehicle models with C2SMART. The center will construct the models with the help of the 3D printing facilities at NYU Tandon’s MakerSpace. Once construction is complete, C2SMART will work with NEXT to set up communications between a computer and the vehicles to start testing algorithms for three fleet control strategies.
The three procedures C2SMART will implement are:
* A dispatch with pickup and delivery routing algorithm, used for a service in which a train of vehicles picks up passengers at a terminal, travels along a main route, then redistributes the vehicles at the other end for door-to-door service;
* Dynamic decision-making for vehicles merging at a station to determine when to depart, balancing lower operator costs with higher user costs as the wait time increases;
* Idle vehicle repositioning, which assigns idle vehicles to wait in a specified location until they are dispatched to new passengers.
“Municipal Transit Agencies will greatly benefit from the innovation as it will allow cities to determine user demand for the service”, said Emmanuele Spera (CEO), NEXT Future Transportation.
“We are proud to be supported by Professor Joseph Chow at C2SMART. The partnership will create global collaboration given NYU’s presence in the US, China and the UAE”, said Sven Hackmann (Executive Vice President), NEXT Future Transportation.
About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country’s largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/.