CCAT has the most comprehensive university-based facilities in the U.S. for CAV research. By leveraging these unparalleled resources, CCAT emphasizes technology evaluation and deployments in the real-world testing environment, which is necessary in order to address the vast research challenges in an efficient and comprehensive manner. Here are a few examples of research facilities at our partnering institutions that are available to the CCAT researchers:

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Michigan Traffic Lab (MTL):

The Michigan Traffic Lab is the traffic control center for Mcity and deploys a state-of-the-art advanced traffic management system. This system is able to monitor and control all infrastructure devices including roadside units (RSU), traffic signal controllers, vehicle detectors, and video cameras, for the testing of connected and automated vehicles. Learn more

Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE):

The U-M is instrumenting the City of Ann Arbor to become the world’s first and largest multimodal CAV testing environment in real traffic conditions. Learn more

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The Mcity Test Facility In Use


Mcity is a simulated city providing safe, repeatable, off-roadway testing of advanced connected and automated technologies and system concepts. Occupying 32 acres on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus, the one-of-a-kind facility simulates a broad range of urban and suburban environments. This novel test environment includes four lane-miles of roads with intersections, roundabouts, roadway markings, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, bus facilities, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights, parked cars, pedestrians and obstacles like construction barriers all designed to replicate the most challenging scenarios for connected and automated vehicles (see the figure at right). It serves as an ideal testbed for technology research, development, testing, and teaching. Learn more

American Center for Mobility (ACM):

The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology, and accelerate the development of voluntary standards. Learn more

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Purdue Integrated Driving Simulator

The Integrated Driving Simulator

Purdue University has unique capabilities to capture driver behavior under simulated travel environments. Emerging travel environments leveraged by technology advances regarding vehicular connectivity and automation can be developed in driving simulator environments. Flexible vehicular settings of driving simulator allow the interactive vehicle (simulator vehicle) to perform as a connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) and distinctive travel behavior of a CAV can be captured in the simulated environments. Physiological data from the biosensors (such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) device and eye-tracker) and high-resolution driving log data (for example, speed, headway, lateral position, etc.) can be used to analyze traveler behavior under a simulated environment with CAVs (see the figure at right). The integrated system of driving and traffic simulators generates online traffic flows based on the presumed behavior of CAVs in ambient traffic flows. Learn more

The Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL)

UIUC is a state-of-the-art research facility located on 47 acres. It includes 67,400 square-feet of building space to house capabilities and equipment for testing pavements and materials that are second-to-none and is home to the largest moveable accelerated pavement test facility in the world, the Accelerated Transportation Loading Assembly (ATLAS) (see figure at right). ATREL also houses a technical library and computational capabilities to support advanced modeling and recently underwent renovations to update and optimize the use of its available space for laboratories, administration, students, and meeting rooms. ATREL houses state-of-the-art equipment including several servo-hydraulic systems for testing various transportation materials. In addition, ATREL houses several field nondestructive equipment including several state-of-the-art ground penetrating radar (GPR) devices with a wide range of antennae and falling weight deflectometer (FWD), and data acquisition systems for collecting static and dynamic data from instrumented transportation infrastructure sections. Learn more

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The Transportation Laboratory

at the University of Akron operates to support the education and research activities by the students and faculty. The Lab is equipped with advanced signal control systems (ECONOLITE, EAGLE/SIEMENS, ATC 2070) supported by video (AUTOSCOPE), microwave, and laser speed/range detection systems as well as the spread spectrum radio communication system to provide traffic data for systems operation and analysis. It is setup for the programming of microprocessors, programmable logic devices, and field-programmable gate arrays. Hardware-in-the-Loop experiments are often conducted in the Lab and adaptive algorithms/control logic are developed and tested. The vehicle tracking systems using Global Positioning System, Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular network technologies provide economical and reliable wide-area detection and vehicle tracking information for system performance evaluation and scenario studies. Learn more

Advanced Transportation Center (ATC)

In 2015, WCC established the Advanced Transportation Center (ATC) to prepare the future and existing workforce for emerging needs in the advanced transportation industry including intelligent transportation systems, advanced manufacturing and automotive services. The Center’s programs are cross-disciplinary and contain a unique mix of experiential learning, traditional classroom learning, e-learning and hands-on training to prepare students for technician certificates and provide transfer degree options to four-year degree programs in engineering and computer science programs. Also in 2015, the State of Michigan awarded $4.4 million in grant funding to WCC for the purchase of state-of-the-art automotive and manufacturing equipment in support of the ATC. WCC has extensive technology resources that are consistently maintained and updated to meet the need of programming and networking programs that will be a key aspect of the ATC and developing students’ skills. Learn more

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