Delta, Georgia Tech, Curiosity Lab partner to test driverless cars

The race to create driverless cars progresses at a frenetic pace as major companies continue to pour money into research, including Atlanta’s largest airline.

It might seem counterintuitive for an airline to be interested in cars, but Delta Air Lines says robotic vehicles could help customers make tight connections across airports, deliver delayed baggage to travelers or transport aircraft parts to airports.

In partnership with Georgia Tech and Curiosity Lab, Delta (NYSE: DAL) announced Friday it will help fund a research project that tests autonomous vehicles on a 1.5-mile track in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.