Operation, testing data could drive autonomous vehicle safety, regulations

Peachtree Corners, a 5G early adopter, signs cloud infrastructure partner

Peachtree Corners, Ga., one of the nation's first 5G-enabled smart cities, will be partnering with OVHcloud to accelerate innovation across the city, including the Curiosity Lab Innovation Center and the autonomous vehicle test track.

OVHcloud will deliver compute, storage and other cloud platform resources, which will allow the city and its technology partners to manage, analyze and gain insights from the massive amounts of data generated from the autonomous vehicles, officials said in a press statement.

Peachtree Corners, located in suburban Atlanta, is home to the Curiosity Lab, an economic development initiative that features real-world connected infrastructure that government and industry can use to test smart city technologies.  The 500-acre technology park features a 5G-enabled three-mile autonomous vehicle test track and smart city laboratory. Additional infrastructure includes a network operations center, smart poles, DSRC units, dedicated fiber and a 25,000 square foot tech incubator. It is also home to The Ray, the first solar-powered roadway.

“Our vision for Peachtree Corners as a living lab is tied closely to the partners who gather here to collaborate with other industry leaders and focus their research on immediate challenges and results," said Brandon Branham, the city’s CTO and assistant city manager.

Researchers from Georgia Tech were recently awarded a $2.5 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities Grant to develop data analytics systems that will improve travel mobility, safety, equity and sustainability using Peachtree Corners as an immersive living lab. The project will help communities leverage advances in information, communication and sensor technologies to achieve sustainable travel goals.

"We've watched with interest as Peachtree Corners has established its position as the leader for autonomous mobility and smart city technologies testing, and we are excited to serve as the exclusive cloud technology partner to both startups and enterprises within their ecosystem," OVHcloud U.S. General Manager Jeffrey Gregor said. "We're eager to provide the cloud platform to support companies and agencies who are developing the next generation smart city technology that will ultimately serve communities across the country and around the world."

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