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Transportation Research Center announces SMARTCenter automated vehicle testing facility in Ohio

Transportation Research Center announces SMARTCenter automated vehicle testing facility in Ohio

July 11, 2019 – Alongside Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted and senior state officials, the Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC Inc.), an independent automotive proving ground in North America, inaugurated its SMARTCenter ‒ an automated and connected vehicle-testing facility. The SMARTCenter gives transportation innovators opportunities to test automotive and mobility technologies in a safe, secure and repeatable real-world environment before the vehicles are deployed on public roads and highways.

The SMARTCenter is designed to provide flexibility in a controlled variety of real-world scenarios for all types of passenger and commercial vehicles. Supported by TRC Inc.’s other service offerings, the SMARTCenter is a comprehensive contained testing site for advanced vehicle technologies and features:

  • a 1.2 miles, six lanes, connected, signalized intersection.
  • an urban network consisting of movable intersections, roundabouts, and oblique intersection scenarios,
  • a 10,000-square-foot control building with garage and office space,
  • full site access to Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC)and high speed wireless communication,
  • and an underground power distribution and fiber network to support current and future test technologies.

Funding for the $45 million project has been provided by the State of Ohio, JobsOhio and The Ohio State University.

SMARTCenter Facts:

  • $45 million total funding for Phase 1.
  • Over 1.1 million square feet of pavement equaling 18.5 lane miles
  • Covering 540 acres within TRC’s total 4,500 acres, the SMARTCenter alone is nearly two-thirds the size of New York’s Central Park.
  • Over 700,000 cubic yards – or 51,000 truckloads – of earth were moved during 18 months of construction.
  • More than 20,000 linear feet of underground conduits to distribute power and fiber optics throughout the site 
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