May 21, 2019

Toyota Research Institute To Open Automated Vehicle Test Facility

The MITRP Oval facility wil be the location for the TRI test site
The MITRP Oval facility wil be the location for the TRI test site

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is constructing a closed-course test facility to develop automated vehicle technology. The company will transform an approximately 60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP) in Ottawa Lake, in the U.S., and when it becomes operational in October the new site will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate what it calls demanding “edge case” driving scenarios, 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, TRI senior vice president of automated driving. “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.”

The TRI facility will be constructed inside MITRP’s 1.75-mile oval test track. It 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. TRI 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.