Shift Magazine - August 2021 - 22

Curiosity Lab features a
3-mile test track that mixes
autonomous vehicles with
human-driven traffic.
BY PETE BIGELOW
O
n one hand, John Avery believes
transportation stands on the cusp
of dramatic transformation.
Enhanced by 5G networks,
more machines can communicate with
each other. Higher bandwidth and lower
latency will enhance automated operations.
Artificial intelligence can be dispersed
both in the cloud and in edge
computing.
" Before 5G, those things
possible, " said
just weren't
Avery, director of the Advanced
Technology Development Center
at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
" Now, with the bandwidth
and latencies that 5G
allows,
the doors have opened
for these new ways of thinking
about what mobile networks
can enable. I really think it's
going to be a whole greenfield of
innovations. "
On the other hand, he sees a big barAvery:
5G can
bring " greenfield
of innovations "
TESTING
THE WAVES
New path emerges for nurturing 5G innovations
with Ga. incubator that unites multiple realms
Development Center partnered
with T-Mobile and Curiosity
Lab, an economic development
initiative, to found an incubator
devoted to helping startups and
big businesses test and evaluate
innovations underpinned by
5G connectivity. The program,
called the 5G Connected Future,
is housed at Curiosity Lab's
500-acre campus in Peachtree
Corners, Ga.
It's the same Atlanta suburb where,
rier. Businesses that could usher in this
next era had scant opportunities to actually
test innovations utilizing 5G technology.
So that's what Avery and others have
sought to provide.
This year, the Advanced Technology
22 shift * august 2021
this month, Transportation Secretary Pete
Buttigieg touted the White House's infrastructure
bill.
Curiosity Lab is city-owned. It serves
as a canvas for next-generation transportation
testing. Among other things, it
"
" When people are
testing, it's a little bit of
the Wild West. We don't
know what's going to
happen, and that's why
it's valuable. "
Betsy Plattenburg, Curiosity Lab
contains a 3-mile autonomous-vehicle test
track that mixes AVs with regular, humandriven
traffic. Blending the two makes
for ideal testing, says Betsy Plattenburg,
executive director.
" When people are testing, it's a little bit
of the Wild West, " she said. " We don't
know what's going to happen, and that's
"

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