Driverless vehicle research focus of MoU

Published Thursday, 22 June, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

RENO, USA: Queensland University of Technology will work with the University of Nevada to collaborate on driverless vehicle technology.

In Reno as part of a trade mission to drive US investment to Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two leading universities today.

The MoU covers research areas such as:

  • Driverless vehicles
  • Air Quality
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Hydrological sciences

It follows a Statement of Intent signed by the Premier and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in August last year. The Governor and representatives from the University of Nevada visited QUT in 2016 to discuss potential collaboration.

“We’re already seeing the results after Brisbane companies RedEye and Hydrus started working with Nevada companies and organisations, with a focus on the mining industry,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This MoU will drive even more cooperation between our two states.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the University of Nevada, Reno and the state of Nevada were at the forefront of research and adoption of driverless vehicles and QUT has internationally leading capability in robotics, road safety and regulation of technology.

“We know the University of Nevada, Reno is a leader in this field and Reno has also attracted companies like Tesla which are developing driverless vehicle technology,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This MoU sends a clear message to investors that QUT has some of our best and brightest who will be working with international leaders in driverless technology research and innovation.”