Installing sensors or running data analysis on vehicles under the blazing sun in the South can be taxing, as the students and researchers at Auburn University in Alabama can attest. But a new planned addition to the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, or GAVLAB, will change all of that.
The new addition will include a garage with multiple bays and lifts for commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, office space for researchers, a conference room, and an observation area overlooking the National Center for Asphalt Technology’s 1.7-mile oval test track.
The building, which is expected to cost $800,000, will be one of the few autonomous research facilities in the nation attached to a test track.
“The fact that we’ll have our own test track where we can run autonomous vehicles and autonomous testing attached to this facility I think will be an unbelievably unique asset,” said David Bevly, the Bill and Lana McNair distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of the GAVLAB, along with assistant research professor Scott Martin.