MITRE opens autonomous technology lab

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Research and development center MITRE has created the Mobile Autonomous Systems Experimentation (MASE) Laboratory to speed up and advise on autonomous technology.

The lab’s centerpiece is the MASE Jeep, a commercially available Grand Cherokee modified for autonomous driving by an aftermarket vendor and outfitted by MITRE engineers with sensors, analytic and data recorders, and powerful processors.

The Jeep provides the opportunity to examine autonomous technologies and algorithms on a large mobile platform.

The lab provides a testing environment for emerging hardware, software and approaches to advise MITRE’s government sponsors and partners.

Zachary LaCelle, a senior autonomous systems engineer at MITRE, said, “We have human interaction researchers who are experts at cognitive loading and how to effectively communicate between computers and people.

“We have cyber experts and autonomy experts working on ground transportation, urban air mobility, and defense applications. Our systems thinking mentality accelerates solutions to all of these problems. This broad combination of domain expertise allows us to provide additional, unique perspectives in this cutting-edge challenge area.”

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