Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is to test autonomous vehicle technology at the GoMentum Station proving grounds in Concord, California. Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), the partnership between the two companies will enable TRI to expand closed course testing of its two-prong approach to vehicle automation guardian and chauffeur.
TRI will use GoMentum Station for further testing of Platform 2.1, which includes a new high-fidelity lidar system that provides a longer sensing range, a much denser point cloud to better detect positions of three-dimensional objects, and a field of view that is dynamically configurable.
The analysis conducted at GoMentum Station will augment TRI’s public road test program with evaluation of extreme driving events that are unsafe to conduct on public roads. GoMentum’s varied terrain and real-life infrastructure, including roads, bridges, tunnels, intersections and parking lots, provide the environment needed to accelerate testing of the ‘difficult miles’ needed to advance both Guardian and Chauffeur.
“The addition of GoMentum Station to TRI’s arsenal of automated vehicle test locations allows us to create hazardous driving scenarios for advancing capabilities of both Guardian and Chauffeur and further develop our technology,” said Ryan Eustice, TRI vice president of autonomous driving.
November 2, 2017