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Research Partnerships

Since its inception, the ERL has worked closely with colleges and universities around the country, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University.

In 2009, we were proud to open the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Our $5.75 million commitment to VAIL includes $2 million for building construction and another $750,000 a year for five years to fund research and teaching activities.

We are also teaming up with MIT to make navigation systems friendlier and smarter. The Sociable Car — Senseable City project aims to transform your vehicle’s GPS navigation system into your personal co-pilot by giving you the right information at the right time, automatically.