Automakers around the world are working on automated vehicle technology. The main goal of this technology is to help eliminate vehicle accidents caused by human error. There is still a long way to go before we get there. To help the technology progress faster, Toyota is opening an automated vehicle test facility in Ottawa Lake, Michigan this fall.
Ryan Eustice, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) senior vice president of automated driving, said, “This new site will give us the flexibility to customize driving scenarios that will push the limits of our technology and move us closer to conceiving a human-driven vehicle that is incapable of causing a crash.”
Toyota’s testing facility will be built within the 1.75-mile test track at the Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP). Toyota and MITRP are entering into a partnership that will give both groups access to the new automated testing facility.
It will feature a variety of driving environments including slick surfaces, congested urban roads, and a four-lane divided highway with entrance and exit ramps.
One of the main goals for TRI is to develop the Toyota Guardian vehicle automation system. This system is designed to give assistance to drivers when they are in a dangerous situation, such as an impending collision at an intersection.
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