Toyota builds autonomous vehicle test facility

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is building a closed-course test facility for autonomous vehicles. The 60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP) in the United States is expected to be ready in October.

It will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate demanding “edge case” driving scenarios that are too dangerous to perform on public roads.

“By constructing a course for ourselves, we can design it around our unique testing needs and rapidly advance capabilities, especially with Toyota Guardian automated vehicle mode,” said Ryan Eustice, Senior Vice President of Automated Driving at TRI.

“This new site will give us the flexibility to customise 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,” he added.

The TRI facility in Ottawa Lake will include congested urban environments, slick surfaces and a four-lane divided highway with high-speed entrance and exit ramps.

Leasing the land from MITRP, TRI is responsible for design, construction and ultimate maintenance of the facility. It will also have access to the oval track and other onsite facilities and services, which are owned by MITRP and provided to all its customers.

This new site expands TRI’s closed-course testing capabilities, adding to partnerships with GoMentum Station in California, and Mcity and the American Center for Mobility in Michigan.