Research Institute (TRI) signed an agreement with GoMentum Station
to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5,000-acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, California.
Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), this partnership enables TRI to expand closed course testing of its two-prong approach to vehicle automation – Guardian and Chauffeur.
TRI recently demonstrated Platform 2.1, its new advanced safety research vehicle that allows for testing of both Guardian and Chauffeur in a single vehicle. In the Guardian approach, the human driver maintains vehicle control while the automated driving system monitors for potential crash situations, intervening when necessary. Conversely, Chauffeur is TRI's version of full vehicle autonomy where all occupants are passengers while the vehicle drives itself.
Both approaches use the same technology stack of sensors and cameras, and TRI's vision is to offer drivers a choice.
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, denser point cloud to better detect positions of three-dimensional objects, and dynamically configurable field of view.
GoMentum Station'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.
Randy Iwasaki, executive director of CCTA, said: “The statistics are clear: lives will be saved by reducing a vehicle's reliance on human drivers, and we are excited to see the progress TRI will make to perfect driverless and driver-aided technology at GoMentum Station.”