In what could be a major investment for FCA, the company is putting out a total of $30 million into its new facility for autonomous vehicles at the company’s proving grounds in Chelsea.
An official release that was issued by the company on Wednesday explained the reasons behind the company’s preference of the Chelsea plant. The testing site, according to the company, will be used to test out its autonomous technology under “challenging environments” which includes obstacles, tunnels, different road-lighting conditions as well as interstate-style exit and entrance ramps.
The testing site, according to the company will be used to test out its autonomous technology under "challenging environments"
“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,” CEO Mike Manley said in a statement. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”
Other crucial aspects of autonomous driving systems including automatic emergency braking and automated parking technologies will also be tested at the facility.
According to the company, the site is set to be used for testing of “various levels of autonomy”, the results of which will be evaluated by third parties such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, U.S. New Car Assessment Program and the European New Car Assessment Program.
Other crucial aspects of autonomous driving systems including automatic emergency braking and automated parking technologies will also be tested at the facility. The site in question is a 35-acre safety feature evaluation area with a 6500 square foot command centre for equipment intended testing along with GPS capabilities and test vehicle communication.