Test Corridors and Areas
The Gothenburg test site is a large-scale functional test site located in the south of Sweden. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, with three major highways from the city, to the south, the north and the east. The test site has been operated by SAFER JRU since 2008. It includes both a public site and a closed track.
The test site is split into two regions, off limits for normal traffic: Stora Holm, a closed test track 15 minutes from the Gothenburg city centre, is used for safety critical and non-traffic regulation compliant performance testing as well as the large closed test track used by Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks. The City Race Track in the middle of Gothenburg exists since October 2009 and has been used for demonstrations of cooperative systems during a high-level EU meeting. It is a closed track located 1 km from Lindholmen Science Parkcan that be used for development testing and demonstrations.
Altogether, available roads consist of more than 100 km of highway and urban roads, respectively, and more than 50 km rural road. There are more than 100 intersections equipped with traffic lights located along these roads.
The test site has particular climate conditions: tests which require snowy conditions can be performed here during the winter season from December to February. Winter tyres are required from December through March.
The French test site is located in several locations, primarily around Versailles, capital of the Yvelines departement 15 km west of Paris but also in Orleans and north Paris. It is currently built up in within the nationally funded SCORE@F project.
The project originates around the historical Versailles-Satory test track, then expanded to roads operated by Cofiroute, initially around Orleans, and later on expanded to a new toll tunnel on A86 that Cofiroute has just started to operate in 2011. The territorial council of Yvelines has offered to use open urban roads that are administered and maintained by the council. This urban road adjoins Renault R&D centre, the Versailles-Satory test tracks, PSA's R&D centre in Vélizy-Villacoublay, and the south-most entry of Cofiroute's tunnel.
The test site is ideally located and configured to implement all types of use cases, such as road safety, traffic efficiency, and comfort.
A9 Corridor Germany
A 529 km long stretch of the A9 motorway in Germany, which runs from Munich to Berlin, will become a Digital Motorway Test Bed. Its objective is to test, assess and develop new technical advances in automated driving.
This test corridor will facilitate trials for new partially and highly automated technologies. Connectivity in the form of car-to-car (C2C) or a car-to-infrastructure (C2I) communication is also one of the priorities in the Digital Motorway Test Bed: connecting cars to each other and to the relevant traffic infrastructure.
The Federal Government has joined forces with companies in the automotive industry and the digital technology sector to operate tests in the A9 corridor, in a "Digital Motorway Test Bed". This will be used by the research community of the automotive and digital technology sector and academia to test their innovations. It promotes trial operations of highly automated to fully automated vehicles. It is focused on connected driving using car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications with sophisticated sensor technology, high-precision digital maps and real-time communications with the latest transmission standards.
DITCM, Dutch Integrated test-site for Cooperative Mobility
The DITCM test site is a purpose-built facility for the development, testing and validation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and cooperative driving technologies. The DITCM test site is located on the A270 and N270 roads in between the cities of Helmond and Eindhoven. It consists of both a motorway and urban environments. The DITCM test site is 8 km long, with 6 km of motorway. Roadside equipment is responsible for vehicle detection and V2X communication. All other equipment is placed indoor and includes sensor fusion facilities, application platforms and a traffic management centre.