ITIC a Perfect Place for a High-Speed Chase

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With so much national and international attention placed on future automotive technologies like autonomous driving and connected cars, it’s easy to forget that testing today’s vehicles is still in high demand. ITIC’s automotive test bed in Greenville is a multi-use facility, offering a variety of testing services for just about any automotive need imaginable. For instance, over the course of two consecutive weekends in September, the City of Greenville police department conducted driver training on ITIC’s mile-long straightaway test track to refresh officers on what to expect when involved in a pursuit. Using a variety of test track configurations, every officer on the City police force spent one full day participating in rigorous high-speed driving, cornering and chase scenarios.

“It’s important for every officer to get a feel for how their squad car handles the road during a high-speed chase and to learn how to safely and effectively pursue a fleeing perpetrator,” says Corporal Mark Huntington. “The length and width of ITIC’s test track are ideal for this type of training because we can create multiple courses that simulate the scenarios an officer is likely to encounter on the job.”

In addition to track rental, ITIC offers facility rental and has an event services division capable of handling logistics for any conceivable automotive testing, training and event showcase need. Event services is expressly focused on making the customer experience easy and to offer ideas to help maximize their use of all ITIC testing and event facilities.

For information about ITIC’s testing and event services, call (864) 451-5761 or email public.relations@itic-sc.com.


The Beauty of an Uncommon Event

ITIC is in the business of helping companies develop and validate technology innovations and getting it ready for market acceptance. Investors need to see it in action. Reporters want to test it and break the news. Automakers must be confident it is reliable and relevant. ITIC recognizes this critical step in the deployment of mobility innovation, so we offer a variety of event services to help you realize the full potential of your dream.

ITIC event services and venues are as innovative as they are inspiring. We make it our mission to deliver uncommonly engaging, exceptionally memorable events that excite, inspire and motivate your audience to action. It starts with a designated event services manager who will help you plan right down to the last detail. No matter what your budget, our event services team can provide creative solutions that elevate your game and give you a leg up on your competition. Whether you’re looking to organize a smart city demo, host a workshop, test drive a vehicle, launch a new product, or conduct a training program, ITIC delivers.

Oh, but there’s more! Located just minutes from downtown Greenville, SC – #yeahTHATGreenville – means you have access to hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of fabulous restaurants, retail shops, art, music and entertainment venues, sporting events, and hotels to fit every budget. And getting here is a dream. Located midway between Charlotte and Atlanta, ITIC is an easy drive for colleagues and customers across the Southeast. And for those who need to fly, it simply couldn’t be more convenient with private aircraft served by a full-service airport and fixed-base operator (FBO) located directly across the street from ITIC’s main headquarters. Commercial flights arrive and depart daily from all over the world at the newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. What’s more, if you’re combining an event with business in the region, CU-ICAR, BMW Manufacturing, and Michelin North America are all located within 20 miles of ITIC, as are dozens of Tier 1 and 2 suppliers that serve them.

Ready to take your technology innovation to the next level? Contact public.relations@itic-sc.com to see how ITIC can be an uncommonly great partner.


ITIC Board of Directors Meeting Agenda – December 2016


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U.S. Transportation Secretary Visits ITIC

September 30, 2016

One week after releasing the nation’s first official Automated Vehicle (AV) Policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx visited the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C. where he looked under the hood of some of the most advanced R&D projects underway for vehicle automation, road safety, and electric vehicles. Technology demonstrations Sec. Foxx observed ranged from sensor-based roadside safety systems to in-motion wireless power transfer supported by a cybersecure DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication)-based infrastructure. The demonstrations were orchestrated by ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber and supported by BMW, Cisco, Duke Energy, Mobileye, Oakridge National Laboratory, Proterra and Toyota. Other event partners included SK Telecom and SmartTruck and Club Car.

“We are at the cusp of one of the most dramatic transformations in the history of transportation,” Foxx said. “When it comes to the future of technology, our policy leaves plenty of room for leadership to come in and help us continue to raise the bar on safety. It’s exhilarating to see what’s happening here at ITIC and in other places like Detroit and Silicon Valley.”

Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., ITIC operates as a neutral, non-profit provider of innovation, testing and testbed development services for automotive technology R&D. During his visit there, the Secretary addressed an audience of more than 125 invited guests representing leading automotive OEMs, suppliers, global technology providers, federal, state and local elected officials, and other business leaders. He focused his remarks on the four major points of the AV Policy his department issued last week.

Other featured speakers included Bob Irwin, Executive Director of The Seaside Institute; Carol Hernandez, Lead Industry Solutions Architect for Advanced Cloud Innovation at IBM; and Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer at ITIC. Together, they shared details of a major new urban open test bed project underway in the Florida Panhandle called the 30A Mobility Project. Under the direction of The Seaside Institute and ITIC, the 30A Mobility Project is aimed at developing multi-modal, sustainable and advanced transportation solutions to reduce severe traffic and parking congestion along the 30A corridor in Walton County, Florida.

“The innovations we’re developing for multi-modal, on-demand automated and sustainable transportation systems are in current demand for smart city environments all over the world,” said ITIC’s Dr. Taiber. “The team we have pulled together for the 30A Mobility Project includes some of the most innovative thinkers in the world and has the potential to develop solutions to some of the most complex transportation challenges.”

Following a luncheon, guests were treated to a number of technology demonstrations situated along one of ITIC’s many test tracks. Demonstrations included those previously noted as well as an electro-hydraulic hybrid system for the Class 5-8 Truck market; a long-haul trailer aerodynamic efficiency solution, intelligent intersections; and test rides on electric buses, scooters and bicycles.

Event partners included SK Telecom, which is working with ITIC to develop and market quantum cryptographic technology in the U.S., and SmartTrucks. Club Car provided golf carts to transport guests to and from demonstrations.