January 19, 2017
Since the Governor of Nevada first visited the Fraunhofer IVI in July 2015, both sides have been actively pursuing efforts to collaborate in building digital test beds for autonomous driving in Saxony and Nevada. As a result, the establishment of a »Living Lab« in northern Nevada is now under way, aiming to explore solutions for safe, clean and efficient transportation. Building on the expertise of the University of Nevada, public transportation is the primary research focus.
Using the county’s state-of-the-art electric buses manufactured by Proterra, the initial research conducted will explore how vehicles sense their environment and communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure such as traffic signals and systems, and individual people through their mobile devices. The goal is to develop safe, synchronized, zero-emission mobility systems, and thereby involving students in this work, who are contributing to the preparedness of the future workforce.
In addition to the regional transport provider, the Governor's Office for Economic Development, the cities of Reno, Sparks and Carson City and other regional companies and institutions, and the Fraunhofer IVI joined as project partner. The institute connects Intelligent Mobility to Living Lab developments being explored in Germany. »As a result of collaboration with Fraunhofer, this takes on global importance and elevates the work we are doing to an international stage,« Steve Hill, director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, said.