Opening in October: Toyota Research Institute Automated Vehicle Test Facility

Alicia Farmer
May 4, 2018

It immediately pulled its self-driving test vehicles off public roads and how has now announced it is building a new closed-course test facility to test edge case scenarios that may be considered too risky for public testing.

This is why the Toyota Research Institute has announced that they are constructing a closed-course test facility to test what they are calling "edge case" driving scenarios for self-driving cars.

TRI is Toyota's research arm, which aims to enhance the safety of automobiles, increase access to vehicles for those who otherwise can not drive, and accelerate scientific discovery by applying techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning to other areas in order to lower costs and improve performance.

Leasing the land from MITRP, TRI is responsible for design, construction and ultimate maintenance of the facility. Ottawa Lake is in deep southeast Michigan just miles from the Michigan-Ohio border and northeast of Toledo.

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The research organization plans to open the new testing facility, located at the Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP), in October.

The automaker says in a statement the goal is to create "a human driven vehicle that is incapable of causing a crash".

The facility, used exclusively by Toyota, will be tailored to the automaker's specific needs, says Ryan Eustice, senior vice president of automated driving for the Toyota Research Institute.

Toyota's track will be built in the middle of the 1.75 mile oval test track at the Michigan Technical Resource Park, and will replicate congested urban streets, slick surfaces and a multi-lane road with high-speed entry and exit slip roads. It was reportedly sold to a private developer back in 2010, and now serves as a testing site available for testing and advanced engineered technology development.

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