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The Man Behind Ohio’s AV Testing Facility

Most people don’t know much about the Transportation Research Center, the second largest vehicle testing site in the U.S. Established in 1962, it’s now credited as being a major force behind autonomous vehicle development; the cars and other vehicles are tested and researched on the site’s miles of track. You’ve probably seen photos of cars going through their paces here, often covered in skins to make them unrecognizable.

Columbus CEO recently ran a story about the center and Brett Roubinek, the former NASCAR driver and radio host who now runs it. “Under Roubinek’s care, TRC has added an unprecedented capability to the organization—the $45 million SmartCenter, an automated and connected vehicle testing facility with over 1.1 million square feet of pavement and more than 20,000 linear feet of underground electrical conduits for holding wires,” it says. It’s a fascinating look into a place not a whole lot of people know about, and the research that may revolutionize transportation.
Read it here.