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A partnership between two Georgia testbeds for connected and automated vehicles will soon give transportation innovators access to fiber optics and 5G networks to study how cars of the future perform on urban and rural roadways.

The Ray, a living lab that uses an 18-mile stretch of I-85 in southwest Georgia, is working with the city of Peachtree Corners, which is opening a 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test track as part of its Curiosity Lab on Sept. 11. While Peachtree Corners has been working since 2014 with the Georgia Transportation Department (GDOT) to study smart highway solutions, the city’s lab will focus on slower speeds and encounters with pedestrians — elements not usually found on the interstate.

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