Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US) has announced that it is investing more than $30 million into a new autonomous driving and advanced testing facility at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeast Michigan.
The centre will be dedicated to the testing of autonomous driving, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), advanced safety technology and assessment against third-party safety ratings.
“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Chief Operating Officer, NAFTA region.
“Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”
The facility will allow for the testing of vehicles at various levels of autonomy and will enable FCA to evaluate its vehicles using third party test protocols, such as those from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).
The centre’s autonomous highway-speed track will allow for the development of autonomous vehicle systems under a wide range of challenging environments, including obstacles, tunnels, different road lighting conditions, and interstate-style exit and entrance ramps.
A high-tech command centre will house computer equipment vital to GPS capability and test vehicle communication, while the site’s ADAS facility will accommodate the testing of advanced automatic emergency braking and automated parking technologies.