Testing Ensures the Vitality of South Carolina’s Automotive Industry

LogoIn 1992, world-class automaker BMW announced it would build its first full North American manufacturing facility on a 900-acre megasite straddling Greenville and Spartanburg Counties. The presence of a major automotive OEM effectively solidified the Upstate as the home of a vibrant automotive industry cluster, one that would soon become the fastest growing in the United States.

As hundreds of Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers set up operations here, other OEMs followed suit. Most notably Proterra, the country’s most prolific maker of battery-powered buses. Since establishing its first factory in Greenville in 2011, Proterra has been a proven leader in the worldwide movement toward clean transportation.

Today, global brands such as Michelin, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Robert Bosch, and Magna have a significant presence in South Carolina and every one of them has something in common – they all have testing needs. Whether testing for speed, handling, durability, efficiency, braking, or more, automotive OEMs, suppliers, researchers, and technology providers need a place to safely and securely test their technologies and products and prove their efficacy well before going to market.

This is precisely why in 2010, the leadership of the S.C. Technology & Aviation Center in Greenville, S.C. developed the brilliant idea of converting an old, abandoned airport runway and tarmac on its grounds into a sleek, convenient automotive test track. Officially called the International Transportation Innovation Center, ITIC was designed to accommodate any type of automotive testing need for any organization.

Recently, ITIC Executive Director Jody Bryson was a featured guest on the Upstate Mobility Alliance podcast. Tune in here as Jody explains why ITIC is unique, how it is used today, the latest developments that are underway, and how it will continue to support the state’s automotive industry and our economy well into the future.

ITIC Video Showcases Diversity of Automotive Testing

Today’s cars and trucks, and those in concept for the future, are highly engineered machines with tens of thousands of computer connections working in seamless harmony. But before any vehicle – let alone the technologies that go into it – is ready for market, it must go through a battery of tests to prove its safety and efficacy.

The International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, SC is where much of this testing takes place for the Southeast region’s automotive OEMs, suppliers, technology providers and research universities. 

Check out our latest video to learn more about the wide diversity of automotive testing and other services available at ITIC. From electric bus testing to autonomous vehicle technology to law enforcement driver training to automotive exhibitions, ITIC has the flexibility and ingenuity to accommodate any need.

If you like what you see on the video, we encourage you to give us a call at (864) 451-5761 to discuss how ITIC can customize an automotive testing solution for your specific needs. 

How automotive testing at ITIC is impacting tomorrow’s roadways







What do Clemson University, the Greenville Police Department and Proterra all have in common? Mobility plays a tremendous role in helping them achieve their individual missions. To help ensure they train, test and validate their mobility projects safely and reliably, all three organizations use the services of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC).

The Upstate Business Journal recently came out to talk to ITIC about how we are helping to grow the region’s booming automotive cluster, and what they learned was just how diverse the automotive needs are. Click here for an inside look at a few of the really interesting projects happening at ITIC in Greenville, SC.

Car Tech is Speeding Down the Fast Lane

Plug-in electric vehicle charging will soon be a thing of the past. In the latest issue of Machine Design, Dr. Joachim Taiber explains some of the ways electric cars of the near future will be charged. ITIC is one of the country’s only testing and validation center’s for in-motion and stationary wireless charging, and offers a number of other services for testing electric, autonomous and the latest conventional vehicles.  Contact us for all your automotive testing needs.