International Transportation Innovation Center


What We Do

The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) is developing a global network of open and closed testbeds to develop and validate technologies that support connected, automated and zero-emission driving. We offer automotive OEM’s, suppliers, information and communication service providers, utilities, research organizations and startups a variety of services that help build an ecosystem of on-demand mobility services for multi-modal transportation systems to master the strategic challenges that come with more connectivity, more automation and more electrification.

While other automotive testing centers are limited to single locations, ITIC is building, through a partnership model with world-class organizations and consortia, an evolving national and international network of testbeds to support the design and implementation of mobility ecosystems.


Joachim Taiber, Dr. sc. techn. ETH

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Taiber is responsible for delivering an unparalleled automotive testing and research environment that supports the development of sustainable transportation and networked and automated vehicle systems.

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Taiber received formal academic training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, where he graduated with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. He completed his PhD in Technical Sciences in 1996. His career in the automotive industry began with BMW AG in Munich. In 2003, he helped plan the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). In 2005, he moved his family from Munich to Greenville to lead the Innovation Office at ITRC. There, he and his team developed a multitude of IT innovation prototypes in the domain of mobile device applications, cloud services and vehicle-to-infrastructure services in collaboration with multiple BMW business units, BMW IT partners and BMW university partners.

In 2010, Dr. Taiber joined Clemson University as a research professor and faculty member of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR. He created the Sustainable Mobility Institute where he served as director and focused on research activities in the domain of vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure interaction. He continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at CU-ICAR.