“Our growth is a function of a good economy, affordable housing and a good transportation network. To sustain that, you’ve got to keep enhancing and improving all those areas,” says Christopher Poe of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, who also serves as point person for the state’s proving grounds. “We’ve got to keep it up.”
The Texas AV Proving Ground Partnership includes research institutions: Poe’s employer Texas A&M University’s Transportation Institute, the University of Texas—Austin and the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Other participants include urban test sites, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and 32 public agencies. These pockets of innovation are in settings as diverse as projects for Houston’s HOV lanes and El Paso’s border and port. The common thread is testing emerging transportation technologies and accompanying data collection.