Auburn debuts sophisticated new autonomous vehicle research facility

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Auburn University has opened the doors to a sophisticated new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology, or NCAT, test track—one of the few facilities of its kind in the nation attached to a test track.

The addition will aid researchers in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, or GAVLAB, whose work is frequently conducted outdoors.

The facility provides a garage with multiple bays and lifts for commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, office space for researchers, a conference room and an observation area overlooking NCAT’s 1.7-mile oval test track.

“The fact that we have our own test track where we can run autonomous vehicles and autonomous testing attached to this facility I think is an unbelievably unique asset,” said David Bevly, the Bill and Lana McNair Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the GAVLAB along with assistant research professor Scott Martin. Read Auburn University’s Press Release