International Transportation Innovation Center


What We Do

Long before a vehicle goes to market, thousands of interconnected technologies must pass a battery of tests to prove safety and efficacy. The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) provides a secure and collaborative environment for testing and validation.

Located in Greenville, SC, at the heart of the Upstate South Carolina automotive cluster, ITIC is an independent, non-profit proving ground for automotive OEMs, suppliers, technology providers and research universities to test and validate mobility innovations. In addition to offering multi-configuration test tracks, we provide a variety of services for developing and testing transportation megatrends such as vehicle automation, connectivity and electrification.

As the automotive industry continues to make the southeastern U.S. its new home for mobility innovation, ITIC is committed to fulfilling its important role within the global automotive ecosystem. Ultimately, our unique testing, event and consulting services are designed to do the following:


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.