ITIC to Develop Vehicle-In-The-Loop Testbed for $1.16M Automated Vehicle Project

The International Transportation Innovation Center’s closed testbed in Greenville, S.C., will become the test site for a breakthrough research project designed to make connected and automated vehicles up to 20 percent more energy efficient. The project – led by researchers at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR) – was recently awarded a $1.16 million grant from the Department of Energy. Using cellular communication and dedicated short range radar (DSRC), researchers plan to design speed and lane selection algorithms “that are anticipative in nature rather than reactive” to reduce unnecessary braking and idling, which wastes fuel.

“This particular project requires a unique vehicle-in-the-loop testbed that augments connected and automated vehicles driving physically with injected simulated or real data interacting on the sensor and control level,” explains ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber. “ITIC also successfully implemented and tested DSRC technologies for Clemson University in previous project engagements and will leverage this expertise to provide the communication infrastructure to support connected and automated vehicle testing.”

Find more details about the CU-ICAR project in this article from Upstate Business Journal.


Hello, Olli!

On April 10-12, ITIC organized another important technology workshop at The Seaside Institute in Seaside, Florida. In the effort to develop a long-term, sustainable mobility solution for Seaside and other beach communities located along Florida’s popular 30A Corridor, ITIC gathered together key stakeholders such as IBM, Cisco, Intel, AT&T, Proterra and Local Motors to explore potential mobility pilot projects designed to solve the community’s most important and immediate transportation issues. Discussions traversed the topics of vehicle options, potential technology and automotive partners, data input and output needs, infrastructure needs and improvements (e.g., road, communications, electric grid), and local community expectations.

As we’ve shared before, Seaside was the country’s first New Urbanism community, developed in the 1980’s by Robert Davis. Ironically, Seaside’s very success at creating a world-renowned pedestrian friendly community turned it into a major tourist destination resulting in staggering traffic congestion and parking issues. Today, the congestion along the scenic highway leading to and from this idyllic beach community threaten its image and desirability. ITIC is leading a team of technology and mobility experts to create a solution that will return Seaside to its captivating, pedestrian-friendly roots.

One of the solutions we explored during our recent workshop was the use of automated shuttles, such as Olli – the famous AI-driven vehicle developed by Local Motors and powered by IBM Watson technology. To test local reaction, the ITIC team in partnership with Local Motors and IBM put Olli to work in Seaside.

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We orchestrated demonstrations throughout the three days in Seaside to show how traffic and parking issues could be eliminated through the use of a mobility service like Olli and other zero-emission vehicles. Whether in-town or in residential neighborhoods, Olli’s short stature and easy-going pace was right at home alongside Seaside cyclists and pedestrians.

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ITIC would like to thank the Seaside Institute for its steadfast determination in bringing a visionary solution to the local region. We are also grateful to the ongoing collaborative spirit of technology providers such as IBM, Local Motors, Proterra, Cisco, Intel and AT&T, as well as that of many Florida state and local governmental bodies and municipal organizations. Our sum is only as good as its parts and the team we are assembling is world-class in every way.

We encourage you to follow ITIC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up with progress on the 30A Mobility Project. The solutions we develop for Seaside may very well have a profound influence on an improved quality of life for your community.


ITIC to Join “Innovation Triangle”

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Fostering a culture of innovation and new ideas comes from enabling creative people to think laterally. ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber and six other distinguished panelists will share how they do this for their respective organizations at the 8th Annual AmCham Germany Business Day on March 16. Held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, this year’s event is titled “Innovation Triangle: USA-Germany-Israel.” Speakers from all three countries will be featured throughout the day, sharing best practices designed to develop technological and business innovations. Formally called the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, AmCham Germany strives to enhance global economic and trade relations built on a strong foundation of American and German partnership.

Joining Dr. Taiber on the AmCham Business Day Innovation panel are:
•    Anton Klees, CEO, active value GmbH, Duesseldorf, Germany
•    Dr.-Ing. Norman L. Firchau, President & CEO, Porsche Consulting Inc., Atlanta, GA
•    Martin Hager, Group CEO, retarus GmH, Munich, Germany
•    Uwe Schlegel, Executive Director, Archon-Meridian, Faengerskamp, Germany
•    Dov Ganor, CEO, Mobi – Mobility Insight, Herzliya, Israel
•    Shaul Sharoni, COO, Itamar Medical Inc. – North America, Atlanta, GA

Keynote speakers for the program are Dov Moran, an Israeli entrepreneur and investor best known as the inventor of the USB Flash Drive, and Ken Weinstein, President and CEO of the Hudson Institute, a conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. that promotes new ideas for the advancement of global security, prosperity and freedom.

More information about AmCham Germany is available here. For details about AmCham Germany Business Day, click here.


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.