NCDOT Funding Driverless Car Research At Three NC Universities

Researchers at three North Carolina universities are getting a financial boost to study driverless cars.

The program is called University Transportation Centers of Excellence. It will be based out of N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina A&T.

A&T will have a test track at Gateway Research Park in Greensboro. The school will work with the city to build a road between the campus and downtown that can only be used by autonomous vehicles.

The state Department of Transportation is giving $1 million to each of the teams for the three-year study. The goal is to develop ways to prepare for autonomous vehicles and emerging transportation technologies. The primary focus will be on the launch of electric and self-driving cars and trucks.