The State Highway Administration (SHA) has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to designate the Maryland I-95 Corridor through Harford, Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City as an automated vehicle proving ground to accelerate the development of automated vehicle technology and expertise.
SHA is proposing to U.S. DOT that the Maryland I-95 Corridor holds some of the most advanced concentration of expertise in automated vehicle technology, with testing capacity, private and public sector expertise, numerous academic partnerships and niche opportunities for freight. Entities such as Aberdeen Proving Ground to the north and the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship to the south of the corridor are already heavily engaged in a variety of automated vehicle research and development. Resources such as Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, University of Maryland, the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, Port of Baltimore, BWI Airport, National Harbor, certain race tracks and others allow for ample development, controlled testing, “real world” implementation, and manufacturing opportunities – particularly as it regards multimodal and freight use of automated vehicle technology.
Designation does not provide any funding but does advance technology and development and could be a gateway to future federal funding and economic opportunity for the State.
To express support for the application or ask questions, contact Nicole Katsikides, Deputy Director of SHA’s Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org.