Corridor to be one of 10 automated vehicle proving grounds

MGN Online

The Corridor is among 10 proving grounds announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) designed to encourage testing and information sharing related to automated vehicle technologies.

The Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group applied for and received the Corridor designation in a competitive process that included more than 60 applicants nationwide. The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa was a key part of the ICAD Group application, which received support from private companies involved in automated transportation, local communities and the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Tom Banta, director of strategic growth for ICAD Group, termed the designation a "good first step in establishing a strong position to market the region to these [automated vehicle research and development] organizations."

The proving ground designations will foster innovations that can safely transform personal and commercial mobility, expand capacity, and open new doors to disadvantaged people and communities, according to the DOT.

The proving grounds will also provide critical insights into optimal big data usage through automated vehicle testing, and will serve as a foundation for building a community of practice around automated vehicle research. They all have different facilities that can be used to gauge safety, manage various roadways and conditions, and handle various types of vehicles.

The Proving Ground designees are:

• City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

• Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership

• U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center

• American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run

• Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) & GoMentum Station

• San Diego Association of Governments

• Iowa City Area Development Group

• University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners

• North Carolina Turnpike Authority

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