Cities and regions across Texas are partnering with TTI, The University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio in the Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership. The statewide partnership is putting Texas on the path to becoming the nation’s first “Smart State,” which aims to create a platform for innovation to address community challenges.
Members of the Texas Partnership are contributing their facilities, expertise and talents as part of a larger Texas network of proving grounds and test-bed sites. Proving grounds offer controlled environments on research campuses, where the complete life-cycle development of AVs can be assessed. These sites include The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus (which includes Texas A&M’s Proving Grounds), the UT campus, and the SwRI campus. Urban and freight test beds in the following cities offer real-world environments where a variety of scenarios may be explored:
- Austin Area — Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Riverside Drive corridor.
- Houston Area — Texas Medical Center, Houston METRO HOV lanes and Port of Houston.
- Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area — UTA campus, Arlington streets, I-30 corridor and managed lanes.
- San Antonio Area — Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive corridor and bus rapid transit system.
- El Paso Area — Tornillo/Guadalupe Port of Entry.