Argo AI, a global autonomy products and services company, will establish a test facility in Greenville County, South Carolina. The $2.6 million project is expected to create 40 new jobs.
The company will establish a closed-course track in the SC Technology and Aviation Center for development and testing of its self-driving vehicle technology, initially leveraging the International Transportation Innovation Center, a world-class automotive testbed in the heart of SCTAC.
“As Argo AI advances towards commercial operations across the U.S. and Germany, we are developing the Argo Autonomy Platform for safe operations in cities, suburbs and the highways that connect them. We look forward to bringing our highway-speed closed-course testing to Greenville County,” stated Argo AI President and Co-Founder Peter Rander.
The Greenville County track will be Argo’s third closed-course facility in addition to locations in western Pennsylvania and Munich, Germany. It will be dedicated to highway-speed testing as the company advances towards commercial autonomous operations across multiple cities.
“Automation is the future in the automotive industry, and companies like Argo AI are trailblazers in their field. We are excited to welcome a cutting-edge company like Argo AI to South Carolina, and we know they’ll do great things here and beyond,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“In 2009, SCTAC embarked on a visionary plan to redevelop a 600-acre vacant runway property into the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC), a world-class automotive testbed designed to support South Carolina’s automotive economy,” said Jody Bryson, President & CEO of SCTAC. “ARGO represents a crowning achievement for South Carolina, and SCTAC is extremely proud that the ITIC testbed was a catalyst for today’s transformational announcement.”
Founded in 2016, Argo AI develops self-driving technology products and services to make the world’s streets and roadways safe, accessible, and useful for all.