The Transportation Research Center, (TRC) located in East Liberty, Ohio, has assumed day-to-day management of Merced County’s California AutoTech Testing and Development Center (CATDC), in Castle, California. The move will lead to an expansion of testing services for automotive manufacturers, suppliers and transportation innovators in mid-California’s technology hub.
The TRC signed a 10-year agreement with the Merced County Board of Supervisors to manage the 225-acre CATDC testing complex. The facility currently operates high-speed and urban-grid automotive test zones on a substantial system of existing infrastructure.
“We are excited to bring our engineering and technical experience to Merced County to help this growing facility reach its full potential,” said Brett Roubinek, TRC’s president and CEO. “With this strategic location adjacent to Silicon Valley and the Bay region, CATDC and TRC Inc. give the West Coast’s automotive innovators, startups as well as OEMs, convenient access to the testing facilities and expertise needed to validate their advanced mobility technologies.”
TRC states that when it assumes management of the Merced County facility, it will work to complete development of advanced testing facilities, especially new capabilities geared toward research on autonomous and connected vehicles.