Toyota Research Institute (TRI) strengthened its support for open source platforms by donating U.S. dollar 100.000 al Computer Vision Center of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya to accelerate the development of its open source simulator for autonomous driving, CARLA (Car Learning to Act or Car Learning to Act).
The CARLA system is located in Github and it is developed under the direction of the CVC at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in Spain. The objective of this non-profit open source simulator is to contribute to the development, training and validation of automated urban driving systems.
It is designed to ensure the stability of autonomous vehicles in a myriad of situations that cannot always be tested in the real world. Keeping in mind aspects such as flexibility and realism, CARLA can simulate a multitude of environmental conditions and is designed to be easily expanded and modified according to the needs of each project.
The team behind CARLA plans to take advantage of the TRI donation to expand its engineering team and simulator capabilities.
CARLA is another great TRI commitment to an open source platform. TRI has been making significant donations to the Open Source Robotics Foundation for two years in a row, which provides the robotics community around the world with access to open source robotic software and development tools.
TRI is also the main contributor to Drake, an open source C ++ toolkit created by the MIT Laboratory for Computing and Artificial Intelligence to analyze robot dynamics and create control systems.