El Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is building a facility with a closed test track for the development of automated vehicle technology. This same week, the construction permits to transform a plot of about 24 hectares of the Michigan Technical Resource Park (PRTM), in the United States.
When the new facilities are operational next October they will be used exclusively by TRI to safely reproduce “extreme” driving situations, that is, those that are too dangerous to test on public roads.
"Being a track we build ourselves, we can design it based on our specific testing needs to move forward more quickly, especially with Toyota's 'Guardian' vehicle automation mode.", declared Ryan eustice, Senior Vice President of Automated Driving at TRI.
"These new facilities will give us the flexibility to customize driving situations that test the limits of our technology and bring us ever closer to developing a human-driven vehicle that is incapable of causing an accident."Eustice added.
The TRI facilities will be built inside the 2,8 km oval test circuit. They will feature congested urban environments, slippery surfaces and a four-lane stretch of highway, with junctions and exits at high speed.
Although the land is owned by PRTM, which leases it, TRI will be responsible for the design, construction and subsequent maintenance of the facilities. These new facilities expand TRI's closed-loop testing potential by joining partnerships with GoMentum Station in California and Mcity and the American Mobility Center in Michigan.
The PRTM facility has received vehicle testing since 1968, when it was created by a major automotive supplier. The 136 hectare technology park was sold to a private developer in 2010 and now serves as a center available to manufacturers and suppliers of components for commercial vehicles, mobile off-road vehicles and other automobiles, for testing and development of advanced technologies.