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Georgia Tech and Delta Airlines collaborate with Peachtree Corners testbed

The organisations will help to advance autonomous vehicle and infrastructure research at the Curiosity Lab, a 5G-enabled smart city living lab in the Atlanta suburb.

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Researchers will have access to the Lab’s one-and-a-half-mile autonomous vehicle test track
Researchers will have access to the Lab’s one-and-a-half-mile autonomous vehicle test track

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Delta Air Lines are collaborating with the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to advance autonomous vehicle and infrastructure research.

 

The Curiosity Lab is a 5G enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.

 

Critical seed funding

 

As Georgia seeks to further its position as a leading testbed of autonomous mobility and smart city technology, Delta and Curiosity Lab’s collaboration will provide critical seed funding for Georgia Tech researchers.

 

The researchers will also have access to the Lab’s one-and-a-half-mile autonomous vehicle test track and living laboratory. Curiosity Lab features dedicated fibre, smart poles and a network operations centre for researchers to track and trend data from connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

 

“Our 5G-enabled living laboratory will give Georgia Tech researchers the opportunity to push the frontier of emerging technology in a real-world setting that is almost impossible to replicate in a closed lab,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners.

 

“Curiosity Lab also will provide those researchers an opportunity to collaborate with other industry leaders and focus their research on immediate challenges and results.”

 

Debra Lam, managing director for smart cities and inclusive innovation at Georgia Tech, described the collaboration as a wonderful example of “industry-university-local government” coming together. Meanwhile Delta believes it is well placed to help shape how industry adopts new technology having launched the first fully biometric terminal in the US.

“Our 5G-enabled living laboratory will give researchers the opportunity to push the frontier of emerging technology in a real-world setting that is almost impossible to replicate in a closed lab”

“Autonomous vehicle technology is one of those innovations we see as having the potential to improve employee safety, the customer experience and operational performance, and this partnership will help us explore all of those possibilities,” said Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer.

 

As autonomous vehicle research advances across the world, Delta sees potential applications for autonomous cars, trucks or buses at airports and beyond. For example, autonomous vehicles could help customers make tight connections across an airport, they could deliver delayed baggage to customers or transport aircraft parts to airports.

 

West added that this program is an important part of the global airline’s strategy to invest in solutions that empower customers and employees, reduce the stresses of travel and redefine flying over the next five years and decades to come.

 

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