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Wind River leads self-driving tests

TRC, the US’ largest independent vehicle test facility, is set to be the proving ground, providing strategies for testing autonomous vehicle technologies

The planned collaboration is focused around the Columbus region
The planned collaboration is focused around the Columbus region

Intel owned subsidiary Wind River has teamed with the Transportation Research Centre (TRC), the Ohio State University (OSU) and the City of Dublin to carry out self-driving car and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure tests in the US.


The planned collaboration -- focused around the Columbus region in central Ohio -- aims to accelerate learning in the automotive community strategies and technologies that safely and securely 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 realise autonomous driving for the masses, a variety of players must come together with an aligned understanding.”


The group plans to test technologies such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, connected vehicle cockpit software, smart sensing and mapping, and the associated data collection. With OSU students, researchers, and faculty expected to play a key role, the collaboration is also intended to further develop the next generation of expert automotive minds.


The key objective for the project’s initial phase includes joint development and testing of autonomous vehicles or “rolling laboratories.” Applying its expertise from the aerospace and defence, industrial, and automotive industries, Wind River plans to spearhead the project development and contribute its proven software for safety-critical systems.


“Software is core to today’s automobile, and the automobile is a central part of our communities, so it is essential to be highly inclusive and collaborative when undertaking autonomous research. This makes a city like Dublin, which embraces technology and is already one of the most connected smart cities in the US, such a natural partner,” continued McCammon.


“By collaborating with some of the sharpest minds in their respective areas, we can help forge a safe and smart path to grow autonomous driving and, ultimately, a better connected city that enriches the lives of our people, added Doug McCollough, chief information officer, City of Dublin.


TRC is the largest independent proving ground and vehicle testing organisation in the US. It is home to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Centre and acts as a one-stop research and development source for the entire auto industry.


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