AstaZero Dry Zone

World’s Longest Indoor Autonomous Vehicle Test Track Now Open

The automotive industry is undergoing change and tests and trials are being conducted more agilely. AstaZero is now opening the world’s longest indoor track for testing active safety systems and autonomous technologies for all types of vehicles. Vehicle operators are able to conduct tests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with reproducible light and surfaces. 

AstaZero is the world’s first full-scale independent testing and demonstration facility for future road safety, and it is now being expanded to house the world’s longest indoor track: 700 metres long and 40 metres wide. AstaZero Dry Zone will be inaugurated on 28 April.

–    “AstaZero Dry Zone will play an important role in the transition of the automotive industry and will provide unique opportunities needed for research, development and validation of self-driving and connected vehicles as well as the surrounding infrastructure,” says Pia Sandvik, CEO RISE. 

The automobile industry conducts millions of tests every year. Reproducible environments are a fundamental prerequisite for ensuring the accuracy of test results.  

–    “The tests and trials conducted by vehicle operators require plenty of personnel and result in excessive travel,” says Peter Janevik, CEO of AstaZero. “In AstaZero Dry Zone, the development time can be streamlined and tests can be carried out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

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The world’s longest indoor test track for self-driving vehicles

AstaZero is now building the world’s longest indoor track for testing self-driving vehicles. AstaZero is the leading test bed for the automated transport systems of the future. With the new indoor track, AstaZero consolidates its position as a world-unique test environment.

The Swedish test bed AstaZero, located in Hällered outside Borås, is the world’s first full-scale independent test and demonstration environment for future traffic safety.

Every year, more than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in traffic accidents. Active safety is a way to reduce the number of fatal accidents. The next step is systems for automated driving and AstaZero offers a unique facility with different traffic environments that makes it possible to test advanced safety systems and their functions for different types of traffic and traffic situations.

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New FFI Project VAMLAV – Validation of Mapping and Localization for Autonomous Vehicles – uses Crowdsourcing for Map Datasets

Many AI systems, especially object and segmentation algorithms, have a high demand for good datasets. These datasets are also crucial for the development of automated and connected vehicles, but today there are few open/free datasets for the automotive industry. These datasets lack equivalent HD maps, repeatability and a closed, controlled environment. Therefore, VAMLAV – Validation of Mapping and Localization for Autonomous Vehicles – will create a new dataset which includes changes in the environment, a corresponding HD map and repeatability.

The dataset to be collected at the AstaZero test center will be used for validation and testing of map generation technologies and localization/positioning systems, using Zenuity vehicles equipped with various sensors. VAMLAV will also enable further research by making the dataset free and open to interested parties, by having AI Innovation of Sweden handle distribution. The transparent VAMLAV dataset enables other research areas, such as track planning, detection of environmental changes (weather, moving objects) and facilitates crowdsourcing etc. This provides an update and optimization of the maps currently held by Mapillary.

After project completion, VAMLAV aims at enabling other parties to contribute to the dataset at AstaZero’s Rural Road test track, thereby promoting research of crowdsourced HD map generation and the ability to share datasets within a specific industry. 

VAMLAV will develop an HD map of Rural Road at AstaZero using the existing measurement infrastructure that is specifically installed at AstaZero for measuring positions and by designing and anchor points provided by RISE. VAMLAV also collects data from specific sensors for the dataset. The dataset and corresponding HD maps will then be used to generate new/other HD maps (image-based HD map) and help validate and test HD mapping generation and localization algorithms.

Project partners: AstaZero (coordinator), RISE, Zenuity, Mapillary, AI innovation of Sweden.

Project period: 1 Oct 2019 – 30 Sep 2021

Project budget: MSEK 11.5 of which 50% from Vinnova’s FFI program under contract no 2019-03097.

AstaZero at MWC Barcelona

Take the opportunity to meet our crew and discuss future automated and connected mobility at MWC Barcelona 25 – 28 February 2019!

We want to talk to you about future scenarios, and what is needed for future connected and autonomous vehicles, where AstaZero’s role is to be at the forefront and pioneer testing. You will find us at 2O60, hosted by Ericsson.

AstaZero collaborates with Ericsson to let visitors at the largest mobile event in the world experience remote driving of a truck, the Einride T-pod, at the AstaZero test facilities in Sweden, via Ericsson’s network.

The cooperation with Ericsson is a good match aiming to solve future transport, since it combines the skills of AstaZero in automotive with telecom competence of Ericsson.

AstaZero accredited by Euro NCAP

AstaZero is the leading test bed facility for the future autonomous transport system. Based in Sweden and owned by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology, AstaZero has now been accredited by Euro NCAP to perform tests of active safety systems and automated driving for vehicle manufacturers. With its focus on the autonomous transport system of tomorrow, the test bed facility becomes unique in the world.

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Inauguration of New Test Track

The new test track “Super Multilane” is now open for testing. Delegates from the City of Borås, industrial partners, owners, PEAB and AstaZero cut the opening band today, only nine months after the construction start. It is an amazing work done by all parties!

AstaZero Challenge 18-19 November 2017

The vision is to establish a prestigious competition in road safety between all stakeholders in the automotive industry; academy, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, etc. A “World championship” in traffic safety for self-driving vehicles, or part of Euro NCAP for autonomous drive. A contest that challenges manufacturers in more complex scenarios.
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New Test Track Construction Start

Today´s first take-off took place for a new test track at AstaZero. An 8-lane highway will be ready until summer 2018. The test track will increase the capacity at AstaZero and enables future safety tests. This construction is a result from a cooperation between AstaZero, industrial partners, owners, City of Borås and PEAB. All parties contributed by taking a digging.