Toyota Research Institute and GoMentum Station partner to test self-driving vehicles
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5000-acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds in Concord, CA. Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), this partnership will reportedly enable 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 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, and the automated driving system operates in the background, monitoring for potential crash situations. It can reportedly intervene to protect vehicle occupants when needed. Chauffeur is TRI’s version of full vehicle autonomy where all occupants are passengers as the car drives itself. Both approaches use the same technology stack of sensors and cameras.
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, CA, 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.
“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,” said Ryan Eustice, TRI Vice President of Autonomous Driving.
TRI says its work at GoMentum Station will advance research that can improve lives in Contra Costa County and worldwide.