Automotive Supplier Denso Opens R&D Lab at U-M


Global automotive supplier Denso today announced the opening of a new research and development lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to accelerate development of new auto safety technologies and create new research opportunities for engineering students. The announcement was made at a presentation at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“We are excited to open the Denso R&D Lab at the University of Michigan, in the heart of the global transportation technology research hub for autonomous drive right here in Michigan,” says Doug Patton, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Denso’s North American headquarters in Southfield. “The lab expands Denso’s partnership with the University of Michigan, and extends a Master Alliance Agreement we established in 2012 to sponsor multiple R&D projects.”

Denso’s lab is located at the University’s North Campus Research Complex, near the Mobility Transformation Center and its affiliated MCity test facility, which focuses on autonomous vehicles and driverless car technology.

Denso’s lab is a simulation environment with high-speed computing and high-capacity data storage. Simulation is conducted on specialty computers and mechatronic systems, including an advanced driving simulator. Hardware-in-loop and driving simulators will provide researchers with functional verification of their methods for machine learning for automated drive and Collaborative Automated Drive.

Denso has more than 23,000 employees at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Denso’s North American consolidated sales totaled $9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

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