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Global Test Sites and Incentive Programs for Automated Cars

  • ID: 3639437
  • Report
  • March 2016
  • Region: Global
  • 48 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
OEMs and Automotive Technology Providers Likely to Choose North American Test Beds over European and Asian Ones


  • AstaZero
  • Ford Motors
  • General Motors
  • Tesla Motors
  • Volvo
Major automotive OEMs globally are now incorporating active safety and automated vehicle technologies in their future vehicle line-up to enhance safety and driver comfort. To gauge the suitability of each technology, continuous testing and validation is a must. Based on the supportive legislation, several regions across the globe have been identified to facilitate testing and validation under different conditions.

While such experiments can be conducted in assigned secure public roads, there are certain closed facilities which are simulated real-world environments offering possibilities for advanced testing. These test beds are strapped with the latest technology to capture and process data from vehicle sensors. Companies associated with these test beds provide the technological, legal, and infrastructure backup needed. OEMs and third-party technology testers choose test beds as per their needs.

Key Findings:
- North America followed by Europe is the most aggressive in terms of testing of automated vehicle technologies globally
- Currently, only a few states in North America have favorable legislations for the testing of automated driving technologies. Testing of related technologies are being conducted in countries within Europe and Asia, but only with ad-hoc legal permits
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  • AstaZero
  • Ford Motors
  • General Motors
  • Tesla Motors
  • Volvo
1. Executive Summary
  • Vital Takeaways
  • Strategic Locations of Major Test Facilities Across the Globe
  • Key Opportunities and Risk Assessment
  • Major Test Bed Facilities-Overview
2. Research Scope, Objectives, and Background
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aims and Objectives
  • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
  • Research Background
  • Key Participant Groups Compared in This Study
3. Key Definitions, Automated Vehicle Market, and Legislative Overview
  • Test Bed-Definition
  • SAE Definitions and OEM positioning
  • Overview of Automated Driving-By Major OEMs
  • Legislative Overview for Testing of utomated Vehicles-NA
  • Member State Initiative for Testing of Automated Vehicles-Europe
  • Regulations for Testing of Automated Vehicles-Asia
4. Major Test Beds for Testing of Automated Cars
  • Important Parameters in Selection of Test Bed
  • AstaZero-Volvo Test Bed-Europe
  • AstaZero-The Facility in Detail
  • Why AstaZero?
  • Michigan’s Mcity, Ann Arbor- North America
  • Michigan’s Mcity and Major Partnerships
  • Why Mcity?
5. Other Important Test Beds for Testing of Automated Cars
  • California’s GoMentum Station, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Concord
  • Florida’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, THEA, Tampa Bay
  • Virginia Smart Road, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg
  • General Motors’ Active Safety Test Area (ASTA)–Michigan, US
  • UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UKCITE)
  • Other Important Test Beds Across the Globe
  • Other Noteworthy Experiments in Automated Driving
6. OEM and Disruptor Approach Towards Testing of Automated Cars
  • Ford Motors
  • Tesla Motors
  • General Motors
  • Facilities for Disruptors
  • Comparative Overview Of OEMS and Disruptors
7. Conclusion and Key Findings
  • Key Conclusions and Future Outlook
  • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer
8. Appendix
  • Market Engineering Methodology
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

- AstaZero
- Ford Motors
- General Motors
- Tesla Motors
- Volvo
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