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Published on November 1st, 2017 | by James Ayre


Toyota Research Institute Partnering With GoMentum Station To Test Autonomous Vehicles In Hazardous Driving Scenarios

November 1st, 2017 by  

A new agreement has been signed between Toyota Research Institute and GoMentum Station that will see autonomous vehicle tech tested in “hazardous driving scenarios” at a 5,000-acre site in Concord, California, according to a new press release from Toyota.

The new partnership — which will be managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) — will see the Toyota Research Institute’s self-driving vehicle tech put through the paces as regards extreme driving conditions not possible to explore with testing on public roads.

“The addition of GoMentum Station to TRI’s arsenal of automated vehicle test locations allows us to create hazardous driving scenarios for advancing capabilities of both Guardian and Chauffeur and further develop our technology,” stated Ryan Eustice, TRI vice president of autonomous driving.

The press release provides more: “TRI will use GoMentum Station for further testing of Platform 2.1, which includes a new high-fidelity LIDAR system that provides a longer sensing range, a much denser point cloud to better detect positions of three-dimensional objects, and a field of view that is dynamically configurable. With proximity to TRI research headquarters located in Los Altos, California, GoMentum Station augments TRI’s public road testing with testing of extreme driving events that are unsafe to conduct on public roads. GoMentum’s varied terrain, and real-life infrastructure including roads, bridges, tunnels, intersections and parking lots provide the environment needed to accelerate testing of the ‘difficult miles’ needed to advance both Guardian and Chauffeur.”

As a reminder here, Toyota is currently aiming to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to market only a couple of years from now — as many other major auto manufacturers are as well. … It’s an open question if any actually will achieve their aggressive timelines, but it’s something worth making note of.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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