UTC and City of Chattanooga selected for MetroLab Network

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The City of Chattanooga and UTC have been selected as members of the MetroLab Network.

That’s group of 35 city-university partnerships, focused on bringing data, analytics, and innovation to city government.

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What that could mean for the Chattanooga area?

Chattanooga and UTC are joining the elite group of research institutions because of its “smart city” initiatives.

Metro-lab is collaborating on creating the most advanced modeling applications for planners and developers. That includes autonomous vehicles, along with a lot of other things.

All of the cities in Metro-Lab are working on separate projects. But, for now, students at UTC are focused on autonomous vehicles and have even set up a test driving area.

The university is working with EPB, which provides the high speed fiber link, and the city is a test-bed.

And, yes, you will be seeing some driverless vehicles over near UTC as the research continues.