The Next Mile


Episode 7 - Curiously Refreshing

Season 1, Ep. 7

Just a little bit north of Atlanta, there’s a city that also works as a sandbox for technology and transportation innovation.

On any given day, the Lab, complete with infrastructure to support autonomous driving plays host to everything from autonomous buses to teleoperated scooters as they try to create a city that gives new meaning to live, work, play. 


On today’s episode, I am talking about this tech-haven, with my guest, Betsy Plattenburg, who is the executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners. 


Don’t miss out, on Season 2’s first episode of The Next Mile, where we have an interesting conversation about the importance of creating test platforms in the real world for the wave of oncoming change in the transportation landscape.

Questions I ask:

  • What is Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners? (01:13)
  • What makes a public testing sandbox an attractive draw for startups and technology companies? (04:00)
  • How does AV technology force us to reconsider the design of the car? (7:58)
  • How does Curiosity Labs latest test with teleoperated scooters show how quickly tech pivots and adapts? (10:01)
  • What are some of the differences we’d expect to see on the roads where testing is being done versus what we’re used to? (11:45)
  • What makes Curiosity Lab unique as a public government-owned entity? (15:30)


In this episode, you will learn:

  • Local Motors Olli autonomous bus at the Lab (4:15)
  • The five levels of autonomy (5:55)
  • What Curiosity Lab looks like (11:30)
  • Curiosity Labs many infrastructure partnerships (16:30)


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