New institute studies autonomous vehicles

UC Irvine has opened a new research facility aimed at making breakthrough discoveries in zero-emission and autonomous vehicle technology.

Irvine-based Horiba, a manufacturer of analytical and measurement instruments, donated $9 million to establish the institute as part of UCI’s Advanced Power and Energy Program. Called the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity2, it is housed in UCI’s Engineering Gateway building.

“This puts UCI in the forefront of an emerging field leading to breakthrough discoveries, inventions and their translation for benefits to society,” says UCI Vice Chancellor for Research Pramod Khargonekar.

The U.S. Department of Energy already has awarded the institute a $6 million grant to study how coordinating traffic, based on data and analytics, can improve energy and traffic efficiency, air quality and safety.

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