To maximize the capabilities of these advanced facilities, TRC Inc. has assembled its Advanced Mobility team. This experienced group of research scientists, engineers, project managers, and technicians bring backgrounds in Government Research, Automotive Industry R&D, and other relevant industries. By leveraging these skills and capabilities, TRC Inc. is ready to execute innovative projects in transportation research, including those focused on automated driving systems and connected vehicles. TRC Inc. has direct experience developing and executing comprehensive test programs that consider factors such as safety performance, edge cases, weather effects, cooperation (platooning), and infrastructure. In addition, the Advanced Mobility team is prepared to execute testing on closed courses and public roads, creating a pipeline, which efficiently transitions controlled environment testing into real world deployment for further data collection.
TRC Inc. is home to the Smart Mobility Advanced Research & Test Center (SMARTCenter), a $45 million a state-of-the-art hub for development and testing of automated and connected vehicles. This includes a 10,000 sq. ft. control building, an urban network featuring three large city blocks and a 500 foot (152.4 meter) diameter flexible circle, a 1.2 mile (1.9 meter) six lane high-speed intersection complete with advanced traffic signals, and a 21 acre Vehicle Dynamics Area. A total of 2 million square feet (185,806 square meters) of pavement.
The SMARTCenter allows researchers to set-up and replicate a number of real-world driving scenarios to test new collision avoidance, automation, connectivity, and infrastructure technologies. The facility has lane markings, test systems, and other infrastructure, which can accommodate multiple New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) test procedures. Additionally, the entire site has full Vehicle-2-X coverage, including both DSRC and C-V2X. A secure network provides access from the control building to both the High-Speed Intersection and the Urban Network.