Auburn University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham are dabbling in the world of autonomous vehicles. Here’s a look at their one-of-a-kind facilities along with something all sci-fi fans are going to be excited to see.
Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology
Auburn University opened their new autonomous vehicle research facility known as NCAT. It’s one of the few facilities of its kind in the country and features an attached test track for driverless vehicles to take a lap or two.
“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.”David Bevly, Bill and Lana McNair Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
The research facility also features:
- Garage with multiple bays and lifts for commercial trucks + passenger vehicles
- Office space for researchers
- Conference room
- Observation area overlooking NCAT’s 1.7-mile test track
Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is committed to groundbreaking research like driverless cars. They’ve even built a strong reputation with the Department of Defense, state legislators and other private industry partners. We’re excited to continue to hear about their unique projects.
UAB also gears up for new autonomous vehicle facility
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is always on the forefront of what’s new as well as impressive research. According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the university plans to renovate a building on campus to become a new research facility for driverless vehicles.
After receiving a generous grant of $31.5M from the US Department of Defense, the UAB School of Engineering is using $5M to get a jump start on the new project. The plan is to renovate the 501 Building (501 12th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233) on UAB’s campus so it can be dedicated to autonomous vehicle research.
You’re probably wondering what all of this is for. This project will include a simulator and help develop research into the development of off-road driverless vehicles for military and civilian applications.