Autonomous vehicle software start-up Argo AI is investing $15 million in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to examine next-generation decision-making algorithms and advanced perception technology.
The five-year partnership will establish the Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research to advance projects to help overcome self-driving hurdles in real-world conditions such as winter weather or construction zones.
Argo has had the backing of Ford Motor Company since 2017, when the automaker invested $1 billion investment in Argo to develop a virtual driver system for Ford’s autonomous vehicle platform.
Research will include smart sensor fusion, 3D scene understanding, urban scene simulation, map-based perception, imitation and reinforcement learning, behavioral prediction and validation of software.
CMU has been researching self-driving technology for 30 years. A number of its graduates have joined autonomous vehicle companies including Argo. CMU has also been working on related research for other companies investigating self-driving technology including General Motors, Uber and others.
The new center will conduct research at CMU’s Robotics Institute and involve Argo staff as well as faculty and students. The center will give students access to fleet-scale data sets, vehicles and infrastructure for advanced self-driving technologies that might otherwise be hard to obtain.