Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC) announces all-new Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center with $45 million new infrastructure expansion to test connected and driverless vehicles for the future mobility of people and goods

Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced that the State of Ohio and the Ohio State University are funding the $45 million Phase 1 expansion of the Transportation Research Center’s (TRC) all-new 540-acre SMART (Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test) Center – a state-of-the-art hub for automated and autonomous testing, to be built within the 4,500 acres of the nation’s largest independent automotive proving grounds.

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TRC’s CEO talks to Paul W. Smith on Detroit’s biggest morning radio show – WJR

For Detroit’s morning commuters, one of the most popular radio talk shows is the Paul W. Smith Show on WJR. Mark-Tami Hotta, CEO, Transportation Research Center (TRC) had the opportunity sit and talk with the host on Thursday, Jan. 12, near the end of the industry days at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Hotta touched on TRC’s place in the automotive industry, autonomous vehicle testing, and TRC’s future plans. Here’s a link to the 5:44 minute interview on WJR.

 

Audio courtesy of WJR AM 760 and the Paul W. Smith Show.

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Ohio State’s electric streamliner Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 achieves new international land speed record

Despite difficult track conditions for a third year in a row, Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team has successfully chased down yet another international record for electric land speed vehicles at Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.

On Friday, August 21, 2015, professional driver Roger Schroer guided the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) to an average two-way speed of 240.320 miles per hour (386.757 kilometers per hour). The new record set by the VBB-3 is pending certification by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the worldwide motorsports governing body, in Category A Group VIII Class 8. This is the second year the team has competed in this new competition category, which during similarly weather-challenged tests last year set a record in the same category at 212.615 mph (342.171 kph). The ultimate world record for electric vehicles, set by the Ohio State-Venturi team in 2010, is 307.6 mph (495 kph) in FIA’s Category A Group VIII Class 4.

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TRC Inc. exploits its VDA

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Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) has hosted two events on its Vehicle Dynamics Area this fall which have helped hone the relationship between TRC Inc. and The Ohio State University (OSU). The two events were OSU Board Member Family Fun Day and an OSU Visit consisting of the Dean’s External Advisory Board and key Engineering faculty.
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OSU Job Shadow Day

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On Friday, March 18, 2016, Transportation Research Center (TRC Inc.) hosted approximately 25 engineering students from OSU for a Job Shadow Day. The Job Shadow Program through OSU gives students an opportunity to take one day out of their spring break to spend time at an employer’s site to observe engineers and learn more about professional roles in the engineering field. In return, TRC Inc. has the opportunity to promote its organization and introduce the TRC Inc. Internship Program to young and upcoming professionals.

The day began with an overview of the organization, which Mark-Tami Hotta, TRC Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, and Tim Leckey, Chief Marketing Officer, presented to the group. After the students were given time enough to ask questions, everyone set off for a tour of the outdoor facilities, which almost all of the students were seeing for the first time.
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Fly onto TRC

Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) facilities team maintains many testing surfaces for various types of vehicles, ranging from scooters to semi-trucks and trailers. Therefore, many TRC surfaces are multi-purpose, such as the Skid Pad, which serves not only as a testing surface, but as a landing pad for small aircrafts.

Approximately every five years, TRC Inc. updates a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) form to maintain the Skid Pad’s status as a landing strip on the FAA Detroit Sectional Aeronautical Chart. This Sectional Aeronautical Chart is available to all pilots as the primary navigational reference medium used by the pilot community.

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Wet Handling Course Improvements

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Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) has taken advantage of the late arrival of winter, installing new “wet handling” asphalt on portions of its Winding Road Course (WRC).

TRC Inc. worked closely with its engineering and construction firms to develop a pavement mix design that would meet its friction* target. The mixture also needed to provide a durable testing surface which will hold up in Ohio’s climate for a long period of time.

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