KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation.
Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced a strategic partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) to further research in smart mobility technologies. Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
The initial collaboration will focus on open-source dedicated short-range communications units (DSRC) to help advance vehicle-2-everything (V2X) research.
Emerging V2X technologies
Dubbed the “Owl Box”, KSU’s open-source DSRC units can track data such as how fast vehicles are moving, roadway specifications, GPS data and much more. The units are designed to be inexpensive and will feature open-source software to create new opportunities for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and municipalities/road authorities to test and explore emerging V2X technologies.
“The information gathered by DSRC units such as our Owl Box and the creation of V2X technologies will improve the condition and safety of roads and cities across the globe,” said Dr Billy Kihei, research professor at KSU.
“Creating an open-source option and working with Curiosity Lab, we want to make this technology affordable and readily available to developers to create their own applications. The potential is unlimited. We want to unleash innovation.”
KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations for the DSRC units due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation.
In a future world where vehicles, roadways, traffic signals, phones and buildings will independently and automatically communicate with one another, it will be critical to understand capabilities, opportunities and limits of technology.
“Curiosity Lab’s autonomous vehicle track, active 5G and strong partner network provides a unique opportunity for Kennesaw State to test this emerging technology in a real-world setting,” added Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners.
“Not only will the lab help KSU ensure its DSRC units are ready for broader use, the lab’s collaborative environment will help to get broad exposure for this developing technology helping to accelerate its deployment.”
Curiosity Lab is a 5G enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
The centrepiece of the lab is a 1.5-mile test and demo track intended to provide a real-world environment to explore emerging technologies. Additional infrastructure includes a network operations centre, smart poles, DSRC units, dedicated fibre and a 25,000 square foot tech incubator.