Cleveland, Ohio – Competition for where self-driving cars will be tested and developed continues as Intel subsidiary Wind River has agreed to work with The Ohio State University (OSU) on a test site near that campus.
Michigan has aggressively courted similar testing with Mcity, a University of Michigan research center that includes a replica of a modern city for autonomous vehicle testing. Several communities in California are also on the hunt for development and testing work.
Wind River, a developer of Internet of Things (IoT) software, is working with the Transportation Research Center (TRC), a testing track used extensively by Honda for testing vehicles developed at nearby plants in East Liberty and Marysville, Ohio. Also involved is the City of Dublin, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
The partners hope to develop strategies and technologies that increase the pace, quality, development, testing, and deployment of self-driving and other connected vehicle technologies.
"The Central Ohio region is an emerging hub for smart city and smart vehicle technologies, and our unique ensemble approach – uniting minds from academia, the public sector, and the tech industry – can set a standard for how communities can innovate mobility and use the learnings to impact vehicle development and deployment best practices," said Marques McCammon, general manager of Connected Vehicle Solutions at Wind River. "To realize autonomous driving for the masses, a variety of players must come together with an aligned understanding."
TRC President and CEO Mark-Tami Hotta said a challenge facing researchers will be mixing computer-controlled cars with human-driven ones.
"The first autonomous vehicle will be on the highway before the last driver vehicle comes off. So, really, part of the challenge is how do you mix the two. We can mix the two, on purpose in a safe and controlled environment here."
Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the OSU’s Center for Automotive Research, said the partnership offers students the opportunity to “get mentored by industry experts using state-of-the-art technologies in real-life scenarios. They are gaining priceless experience that can propel them forward on their future path."
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 17 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.