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Systems Research, Design, and Development

The development of systems for intelligent vehicle control, traffic management, and other applications is a cornerstone of the Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory mission. The engineering expertise of the IV Lab staff extends from adapting existing commercial tools to developing entirely new technologies, supporting innovative approaches to safety and mobility challenges.

Real time controls

The IV Lab has developed real time systems for both vehicle control and traffic management, including integrating data from multiple sensors and rapid data processing. More information

Digital mapping

The ability to rapidly create highly accurate geospatial databases of roadways and surrounding features supports new tools for traffic management, real-time vehicle control systems, and driver assistive safety systems. More information

Vehicle and object detection

Radar and lidar sensors are used in driver-asssitive vehicle systems as well as infrastructure-based traffic management systems. The IV Lab has developed techniques for integrating the data from heterogeneous sensor arrays. More information


In addition to wired and wireless (802.11n) data networks, the IV Lab is also developing applications for the emerging Digital Short Range Communications (DSRC) wireless standard, designed for data networking between vehicles and between infrastructure systems and vehicles. More information

Mechanical systems

Housed within the University of Minnesota’s mechanical engineering department, the IV Lab’s engineers often work closely with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to develop new and improved mechanical systems for specialty vehicles and other applications. More information