Automakers, cellular network operators, traffic control device companies and semiconductor manufacturers now have a single technology hub to create, develop and test connected vehicle safety applications. The Infrastructure-Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) opened in Alpharetta, GA. with more than 200 public sector and industry leaders on hand.

The 4,400 square foot facility includes dozens of different types of electronic devices that control everything from traffic signals to school zone safety beacons to electronic crosswalks. Automakers will be able to develop interactive safety apps that interact with the devices and cellular network operators will work out communications including 5G.

Another unique feature of the iATL is that automakers can test safety applications in real-world conditions in the streets of Alpharetta, GA which operates the first large-scale deployment of connected vehicle infrastructure technology using all forms of communications simultaneously – 4G LTE, Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X), Dedicated Short Range Radio (DSRC) and 900 MHz radio, underwritten by the North Fulton Community Improvement District.

Opening day began with a workshop outlining policy and plans for connecting smart cars to a smart infrastructure featuring government leaders, roadway operators and representatives of the automotive, cellular network and technology industries. The workshop was followed by a ribbon-cutting.