Close communication with city, county, state and federal authorities is a special focus, as are dialogues with the scientific community and with industry. The goal is to maximize synergy and to keep research strategy aligned with the real-life needs of communities and the economy. A Government Advisory Board has been established to ensure mutual knowledge transfer between research and government authorities. Its major aim is to initiate the transfer of new scientific findings, methods or tools into communities – and in return, provide feedback on their usability in practice.
Joint Program Steering Committee
The Joint Program Steering Committee decides on the admission of new partners, the integration of new research topics, and the strategic positioning of the research framework.
Program on AV Governance
Focuses on policy, standards, public acceptance, certification, and developing a regulatory framework for AV technology, AV infrastructure, and the interaction between the two.
Program on AV Infrastructure
Takes an integrated approach towards understanding the interaction between AVs and smart infrastructure, including connected data, basemapping, and exchange protocols.
Program on AV Technology
Concentrates on the development of full suite of test environments for the safe evaluation and deployment of vehicles, sensors, hardware, software, and other technologies.
The Secretariat of the proving grounds is a group of people that fulfill the central administrative duties of the Proving Grounds project. They are responsible for taking minutes during meetings, maintaining a database of contacts for stakeholders and workgroup members, and producing and publishing updates for public consumption via the proving grounds website. It provides administrative support to the Executive Committee and Director, from IT solutions to writing/editing official proving grounds documents.
The Executive Committee, made up of the program director and members of the program management board, jointly oversees the big-picture view of the Proving Grounds project and regularly reviews issues faced by the organization. The Committee nominates and vets new board members and tracks the progress of strategic plans. They will also meet as needed to handle any emergency issues.
The Director provides strategic guidance to the Executive Committee and acts as a liaison between the committee and the rest of the proving grounds. He oversees the progress of the joint program management board and its oversight of workgroups and work packages. The director is responsible for ensuring the secretariat and the Programs on AV Technology, Infrastructure and Governance are fully staffed and functioning well. He is also the liaison between the proving grounds and its stakeholders, including auto manufacturers, elected officials, and the people of the state of Wisconsin via the media.