Millbrook, part of Testbed UK, has officially launched its brand-new facilities and equipment for CAV and ADAS testing and development. Millbrook specialise in controlled and semi-controlled CAV testing, using purpose-built workspaces across multiple sites in the UK.
The new equipment allows Millbrook to create all EuroNCAP 2020 and non-standard safety scenarios involving automated driving.
Millbrook is pleased to announce its latest Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) test capabilities. These include a new, secure test facility and a full range of equipment required for performing all EuroNCAP 2020 and a wide range of non-standard CAV and ADAS test scenarios.
The new facility offers 1.1km-long three-lane motorway and two-lane A-road test track layouts designed to EuroNCAP and ECE R130 specifications. It also has a junction marked out to the new EuroNCAP specification and 250m-radius curves specified within ECE R79.03 for testing Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF).
Complementing the new test facility, Millbrook now has the UK’s first independent small pilotable platform, LaunchPad, which is used to represent Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) and Powered Two Wheelers (PTW). Millbrook also has a Guided Vehicle Target (GVT) allowing vehicle-to-vehicle test scenarios, along with more complex scenarios involving a car and a VRU. Tests are conducted in a safe and secure environment with a high level of repeatability, accuracy and control. Millbrook tests a range of vehicles including passenger cars, trucks, and buses.
Peter Stoker, Chief Engineer – Connected & Autonomous Vehicle at Millbrook said: “The addition of this new equipment secures Millbrook’s position at the forefront of CAV and ADAS testing and development in the UK. We look forward to making further announcements in this area this year.”
This capability enhances the facilities available to vehicle and software developers as part of the controlled urban test bed for CAVs, which Millbrook is working on in conjunction with RACE, the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments. It also complements Millbrook’s 5G-enabled, private and configurable mobile network at Millbrook Proving Ground and the virtual model of its test tracks.
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