STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/Press Release) - Newly acquired property will help Mississippi State University develop autonomous driving and advance driving-assist technologies.
The property is adjacent to the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.
It will be used by the university's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems.
Due to security and safety concerns, the property will no longer be used for informal biking trails, as it was under previous ownership.
“We are really excited about acquiring the property – it is real game changer for us in the area of off-road autonomous vehicles. We are looking forward to leveraging this capability and expanding our research with several different agencies, including current controlled contracts with the Department of Defense. Exploring this new research area brings challenges which require restricted access to ensure the safety and success of our researchers and students,” said Clay Walden, executive director of CAVS
Kathy Gelston, associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development in MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development, said the land will be used as part of a large, multi-year research project that MSU is performing for the Department of Defense.
“This project will involve mainly ‘off-road’ testing of the guidance system installed in a military all-terrain vehicle,” Gelston said.