Testing Driverless Vehicles: Proving Grounds, Public Roads, or Simulation and Modeling?

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3Q 2014 | IN-1020238

Volvo’s AstaZero: The Benchmark for State of the Art Proving Grounds

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Car OEMs continue the tradition of using test tracks to assess prototype vehicles, but testing autonomous vehicles requires more sophisticated facilities. Volvo’s new 494-acre AstaZero proving ground will be an important tool to help it realize its objective to eliminate accidents by 2020. It is located near its Gothenburg headquarters and will allow testing of autonomous vehicles in a large number of realistic traffic situations and conditions, including city roads, multilane highways, crossroads, and various types of obstacles such as bicycles and animals. Volvo will even deploy robots driving autonomous vehicles in highly dangerous test scenarios.

Testing on Public Roads: Dangerous but Necessary?

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