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Florida Poly leader joins international team of autonomous vehicle researchers

Researchers hope the series will break down harmful stereotypes surrounding autonomous vehicle technology.

Florida Polytechnic University is positioning itself as a leader in autonomous vehicle research by installing Senior Director of Special Projects Rahul Razdan to spearhead a new series of reports on the testing and validation of emerging driverless vehicle technology.

Razdan will work with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International as lead editor of the group’s research reports aiming to develop groundbreaking research on international mobility engineering.

Researchers at the Lakeland-based university hope the series will break down harmful stereotypes surrounding autonomous vehicle technology and change the way people think about the new technology.

“The current automotive paradigm has reached an equilibrium within the economy over the last century,” Razdan said. “Soon autonomous vehicles will change this equilibrium in unexpected ways in fields ranging from transportation to finance. In these research reports, we’ll explore the changes this technology will create in multiple areas including safety, where there are so many unanswered questions.”

The series will include three reports on research findings. The will center on testing and verification, how environmental factors like weather could affect autonomous vehicle operation and on what impact the technology will have on society including resulting changes to insurance and law enforcement policies.

“My role will involve setting up a framework and pulling from local, national, and worldwide leaders in the autonomous vehicle field from industry, government, and academia,” Razdan said. “One of the key groups we will leverage is the Advanced Mobility Institute from Florida Poly. I will then pull together the reports based on input from all the contributors.”

As Florida Poly’s senior director of special projects, Razdan serves as an adviser to the president of the University and helps manage the Advanced Mobility Institute, a university research center focused on advancing and testing autonomous vehicle technology.

Razdan’s new position comes just after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week signed a bill into law legalizing autonomous vehicles on Florida roads with or without a driver. The legislation is thought to make Florida a leader in emerging driverless vehicle technology and research.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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