ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber (L) and Executive Director Jody Bryson (R) at the announcement of the International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS) in Detroit.

ITIC Becomes Charter Member of IAMTS

One of the biggest pieces of news announced at the recent SAE WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit was the launch of the International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS). This newly formed standards development organization (SDO) is the brainchild of ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber and was founded with the mission “to develop and grow an international portfolio of advanced mobility testbeds that meet the highest quality implementation and operational standards.”

Currently, knowledge and approaches concerning road traffic laws, certification regulations and testing standards related to highly automated driving and its transitional products vary across major markets. The intention of IAMTS is to determine how to better communicate such variations and share the complex information derived from testing and verification practices globally in an effort to accelerate the coordinated development of testing and verification technologies.

“Establishing testing and validation quality standards for automated, connected and sustainable mobility is the best way to ensure safe and reliable transportation for the future,” says ITIC’s Dr. Joachim Taiber. “As a charter member of IAMTS, ITIC firmly positions itself as a leading consultant for the development of advanced mobility testbeds around the world.”

IAMTS will operate under SAE ITC, an organization that specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally.

Other IAMTS charter members are SAE International, China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), TUV SUD, and Shanghai SH Intelligent Automotive. For complete details, click this link to the official press release issued on April 10 at the SAE WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit.

For more information about the Alliance for Mobility Testing and Standardization (IAMTS), please visit

Dr. Taiber to Present at Autonomous Vehicle Conference


On Tuesday, Feb. 26, ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber will speak at the Autonomous Vehicles Conference in Silicon Valley. Presented by Automotive IQ, the two-day conference will focus on the technical barriers to scale production and deployment of automated vehicles and the technologies that enable safe operation. Other topics will focus on building consumer confidence and getting states and the federal government to support deployment
is contingent on safe operation.

Dr. Taiber will present at a conference track titled “AV Software Verification and Testing” that will focus on the design of automotive test beds with robust testing environments, and the role of international standards for AV certification.

For more information about the conference, visit

ITIC November 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

The next meeting of the ITIC Board of Directors will be held Friday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. Click the link below for the meeting agenda and location information.



IOTA Partners with ITIC to Build A Global Alliance of Smart Mobility Testbeds

Berlin, Germany and Greenville, South Carolina/USA, (January 5, 2018) – The IOTA Foundation, the driving force behind the development of pioneering a blockless distributed ledger protocol called “IOTA Tangle” to be used as enabling technology for the shared data economy in IoT ecosystems, is partnering with the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) to build a global alliance of smart mobility testbeds.

IOTA’s top priority is to create a worldwide community of developers building smart mobility applications utilizing its open source protocol and IOTA data market platform to enable a shared automated and sustainable mobility ecosystem with the highest possible level of safety and security. IOTA also aims to build energy related applications and supply chain management related applications.

ITIC’s key focus is to build a global network of open and closed testbeds to incubate and validate AI-based sustainable mobility services in “smart city” environments using virtual, augmented and physical testing methods, as well as generate a test data pool that can be utilized by the whole smart mobility ecosystem. Developers can thus obtain access to test fleets and test infrastructures within a worldwide network of testbeds and the IOTA data market initiative will be able to provide a unified platform to acquire, share and select high quality test data from certified test sites. Both publicly and privately operated testbeds will be able to participate in the so called ITIC Mobility Testbed Alliance, which is a dedicated initiative of ITIC supported by the IOTA Foundation and to build their testing capabilities towards the requirements of a global market of distributed developers.

“The ITIC Mobility Testbed Alliance will serve as a proving ground for new business models and new technology approaches with IOTA distributed ledgers,” said IOTA Co-Founder Dominik Schiener. “We look forward to showing how IOTA-based mobility services can dramatically improve the efficiency and scalability on the transactional level and how the IOTA Data Marketplace can be leveraged to buy and sell vehicle and infrastructure test data across participating testbeds.”

“The age of a shared data economy for mobility services requires standardized ways of performing data transactions considering security, scalability and sustainability criteria across very large sensor and actor networks as well as access to high quality test data,“ explains ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber. “And this is also a global business, therefore our model of funding smart mobility innovation projects will have to work across multiple testbeds, multiple stakeholders whether on the vehicle or infrastructure side and across markets.”

ITIC Executive Director Jody Bryson remarked, “We started ITIC originally as a local initiative in South Carolina to support our fast growing local automotive ecosystem from a vehicle and infrastructure innovation and testing. I am very pleased to see how our strategic partnership with IOTA and their engagement with the ITIC Mobility Testbed Alliance brings mobility ecosystem innovation to a new level across an international network.”

IOTA Co-Founder David Sønstebø said, “The IOTA Foundation is setting up a comprehensive Automotive and Transportation Working Group; this collaboration between The IOTA Foundation and the ITIC on the Mobility Testbed Alliance represents the first official move towards this important goal. It’s important for us that to stress that this is the first stage of a large vision that will unfold throughout 2018.”

ITIC will also engage as a project partner in the IOTA Ecosystem fund to focus on open source infrastructure development for automated vehicle testbeds.

The first live demonstrations at public events as an outcome of the IOTA/ITIC collaboration can be expected in 2018 with a larger group of joint partner companies.

About IOTA
The IOTA Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Berlin, Germany that coordinates and funds the development of the IOTA ecosystem. It is the first non-profit organization in Germany approved by the government focused on distributed ledger technology.

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About ITIC

ITIC is a non-profit organization headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, USA which is focused on the development of an international network of open and closed testbeds to support connected, automated and sustainable mobility in smart city environments.

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ITIC Board Meeting Agenda

The next meeting of the ITIC Board of Directors will be held Monday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. Click the link below for the meeting agenda and location information.



Taiber Appointed Smart Mobility Advisor to IOTA


ITIC Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Joachim Taiber, has been named an advisor to The IOTA Foundation.
Billed as “The Next Generation Blockchain,” IOTA has developed a revolutionary platform for the IoT data economy that makes every technological resource a potential service to be traded on an open market in real time, with no fees. This allows technology developers – and eventually anyone – to safely and securely share IT tools and applications, data transmission, Masked Messaging (MAM), and shared use of “anything with a chip in it,” such as appliances, tools, drones and vehicles.

On being named an advisor, Dr. Taiber said, “The automotive industry is in the middle of a massive transition stage which is driven by the digitalization of business processes, vehicle systems and infrastructure. Although IOTA is still in an early stage of development, it has the potential – both in the technology as well as the founding team – to be disruptive for the automotive industry.”

As Chief Technology Officer of ITIC, Dr. Taiber is responsible for developing a global network of testbeds for automated, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies. A native of Germany, his extensive career in the automotive industry began with BMW AG in Munich where he was instrumental in planning the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) located at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C. Eventually, he was asked to lead the Innovation Office at ITRC where 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 2010, Dr. Taiber became a research professor and faculty member of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR. He created the Sustainable Mobility Institute, serving as its director and focusing on research activities in the domain of vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure interaction.

IOTA Founder David Sønstebø said, “We are delighted to have a titan like Dr. Joachim Taiber on board as an advisor to the IOTA Foundation and its Smart Mobility workgroup. He brings a lifetime of experience and seminal expertise of the present and future of the automotive sector and smart city mobility.”

ITIC to Join “Innovation Triangle”


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.

Gil Joins ITIC as an R&D Engineer

Andrea Gil Batres has joined the technical team of ITIC as research and development engineer. Ms. Gil lends years of experience developing advanced automotive engineering technologies to bring innovative solutions to R&D projects underway at ITIC.

“Andrea is one of the smartest engineers I have worked with and I am so happy that she decided to join our team” ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber. “Our growing client base requires us to build up R&D talent quickly, and we are glad that Greenville is such a wonderful location to attract talent. Andrea’s passion for innovation and pushing the boundaries in engineering will help propel our customers’ R&D projects from concept to testing to market.”

A recent graduate of Clemson University’s master’s program in Electrical Engineering, Ms. Gil has played a key role in the design and development of a number of innovative transportation technologies at ITIC, such as wireless charging for electric vehicles and cloud-based smart parking. She will continue her work on these projects while also managing other R&D projects at ITIC testbeds around the world. She specializes in technologies related to Internet of Things (IoT), connected vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, cyber-physical systems and wireless charging for electric vehicles.

Ms. Gil has presented her work in wireless power transfer and smart parking application development at a number of industry-leading conferences, including the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference, the International Conference on Parallel Processing, the 2014 IEEE Electric Vehicle Conference, and the International Conference on Sustainable Automotive Technologies.

From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Gil served as a graduate research assistant at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR). She also spent three consecutive summers as a research intern at Cisco Systems focused on IoT. In 2014, she was the recipient of Cisco’s “You Inspire Innovation Award.” Other awards she has received over the years include first place in the SAP Global Connected Car Contest; a finalist in the Valeo Innovation Challenge; and Best Student in Electrical Engineering from IEEE El Salvador.

Ms. Gil has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Central America University in San Salvador.

Hong Kong Consortium Taps ITIC Expert for Smart City Workshop


HONG KONG, (November 23, 2016) — Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C., will share his expertise on smart mobility at Hong Kong’s Smart City Executive Workshop on Wednesday, November 23. Hosted by Hong Kong’s Smart City Consortium, the workshop is an interactive session with renowned experts on smart city planning and design. Organizers intend for the workshop to help scale up practical urban solutions, shape new policies, deploy new technologies, embed new innovations and help partnerships flourish. Topics of discussion include smart infrastructure, smart mobility, smart living and smart care.

“Using open and closed test beds is essential to accelerating the implementation of smart city mobility concepts,” says Dr. Taiber. “I look forward to sharing how ITIC is developing these test beds in the U.S. and beyond.”

The Smart City Executive Workshop will be held at the Hong Kong Science Park.

Joachim Taiber Speaks at Eco-Mobility Conference in Austria

VIENNA, Austria, (October 19, 2016)


Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C., was a featured speaker at the Eco-Mobility 2016 Conference in Vienna, Austria. Hosted by the Austrian Association for Advanced Propulsion Systems (A3PS), the two-day conference focused on the field of tension between technological feasibility and political trends. Speakers included representatives from OEMs including Porsche and Renault; energy suppliers such as Argonne; IT providers including Samsung; automotive suppliers such as Bosch; and technology policy institutions such as the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile.

A3PS is a public-private partnership between Austrian companies, R&D institutions and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology promoting the development and market introduction of alternative propulsion systems and energy carriers. It hosts the annual Eco-Mobility Conference in part to establish collaborative solutions for sustainable transportation solutions for Austria.

Dr. Taiber’s presentation addressed the paradigm shift currently underway that is moving the automotive industry from one that is vehicle-centric to one that is infrastructure-centric. Driven by the demand for connected, autonomous and zero-emission vehicles, smart city developments require the collaboration of city planners, architects, transportation, automotive and IT engineers. To ensure all vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems are safe and effective, two types of test beds are needed: closed test beds that operate in private and secure environments; and open test beds that operate in portions of public, real-time environments. Dr. Taiber presented examples of both, which ITIC currently has in development in South Carolina, Florida, Munich and Trondheim, Norway.

“Public-private partnerships are the key to tomorrow’s transportation needs,” says Dr. Taiber. “ITIC’s mission is to create these collaborations for the development of safe and efficient smart cities all over the world.”