New Autonomous Vehicle Test Track to Open in Metro Atlanta

A new autonomous vehicle test facility is due to open in the Atlanta metro, positioning the southeast as a destination for the development of the emerging AV technology.

The Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Ga., is set to open its 1.5-mile test track next week, complete with public streets, steep grades and even mature shade trees. The facility, owned by the city, sits within a 500-acre office park, is free to use and offers insurance coverage for companies using the test track.

“We are helping those who test to de-risk a little bit,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of the Curiosity Lab. “It’s an economic development investment by the city. And our goal is to bring companies to the city,”…

The city of Peachtree Corners and industry partners, including the Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association, Sprint and the Georgia Institute of Technology, have invested about $5 million into the Curiosity Lab, according to Plattenburg.