The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Nevada this week to collaborate on driverless vehicle technology.
As part of a trade mission to the US investment to Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk witnessed the signing of the agreement between the two institutions.
The partnership will cover research areas including air quality, exhaust emissions, hydrological sciences and a particular focus on driverless vehicles.
Ms. Palaszczuk said the University of Nevada and the state of Nevada were at the forefront of research and adoption of driverless vehicles and QUT has internationally leading capability in robotics, road safety and regulation of technology.
“We know the University of Nevada, Reno is a leader in this field and Reno has also attracted companies like Tesla which are developing driverless vehicle technology,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.
“This MoU sends a clear message to investors that QUT has some of our best and brightest who will be working with international leaders in driverless technology research and innovation.”
The MoU follows a Statement of Intent signed by the Premier and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in August last year.
“We’re already seeing the results after Brisbane companies RedEye and Hydrus started working with Nevada companies and organisations, with a focus on the mining industry,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.
“This MoU will drive even more cooperation between our two states.”