Today we visited the University of Oulu and had an interesting discussion about future developments in car technology. At the University of Oulu there are two main topics: automated and autonomous cars and software engineering.
In Oulu they have their own test area for autonomous driving, the Oulu Zone+ where they have eigt tracks for testing in various conditions, especially in winter conditions as snow and ice, where there is low contrast. There is a cooperation between the University and many partners e.g. Volvo.
Their other main task is an open source project for automotive software. Open source, because it is:
- Possible to get into the software
- It is allowed to publish it
- You can use it in education
- this is the future
The software platform they are developping is called appstacle and they have many cooperation partners as Bosch and the Frauenhofer Institut.