Institute for Automated Mobility offers AV research, testing space in Arizona

Roadshow | 10/11/2018 | Andrew Krok
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Developing an autonomous vehicle is much more than figuring out how to get from Point A to Point B without a driver. Some of the development you might not think about -- how to react to emergency vehicles, for example -- takes place at sites dedicated to this kind of research, like Mcity in Michigan. And soon, there'll be a similar research and development center in Arizona.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced today that he has signed an executive order creating the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM). It will be a sprawling research-and-development center that will allow companies to focus on solving problems related to creating autonomous vehicles. The problems will focus on the liability and regulatory side of things -- the stuff that the public rarely thinks about.

Undertaking - Groups - Intel - Partner - Number

This is a huge undertaking, and both public and private groups have signed on. Intel announced that it's the first major private partner, and a number of public institutions will chip in, too, including the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation and the state's three major universities -- the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State.

"The Institute for Automated Mobility will bring together global industry leaders, a public sector team and the brightest minds in academia, focused on advancing all aspects of automated vehicle science, safety and policy," Governor Ducey said in a statement. "Arizona is committed to providing the leadership and knowledge necessary to integrate these technologies into the world's transportation systems."

Intel - Private-sector - Partner - Deal - Effort

Having Intel as the first private-sector partner is a big deal, considering just how much effort its Mobileye subsidiary has put into autonomy so far.

While IAM obviously hasn't been built yet, here's an idea of how it will function. Arizona's Commerce Authority will oversee the...
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