Hyundai Mobis opens US$270m proving ground in South Korea

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Hyundai Mobis has opened a new US$270m (₩300bn) proving ground in Seosan-si, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. The facility covers an area of approximately 1,120,000m² and has 14 test tracks designed for testing autonomous vehicle technologies, as well as offices and four test labs.

Construction for the facility began in early 2014 and was completed at the end of 2016. Facilities provide a range of special surfaces and include an advanced track, radar track, tunnel and a circular, broad, uphill low-friction skid pad.

The advanced track is equipped with a fake city, soundproof tunnel, forest roads, bus stops and guard rails. In addition, the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) environment will be used for development of a V2X-based autonomous driving system in connection with communications technology.

The radar track provides space for testing the recognition performance of sensors including cameras and radars.

The tunnel track, which is 30m wide and 250m long, will be used to conduct vehicle testing for intelligent headlamps, ADAS camera recognition and control tests, and country-specific lamp compliance tests.

Labs include a performance test lab; a durability lab; an environmental test facility to evaluate motors, fuel cells and inverters; and a battery test facility. The buildings can accommodate over 380 different types of advanced test equipment.

July 4, 2017

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