Test track for
autonomous driving
in St. Valentin

Fully integrated Test Center and Proving Ground:

Test track (Proving Ground) for autonomous
driving in St. Valentin, Austria

The proving ground in St. Valentin will be expanded into a fully integrated test center for autonomous driving by 2023. It is specially designed for developers and users who want to test driving functions in autonomous vehicles and commercial vehicles. The focus is on testing a wide variety of traffic and logistics scenarios in adverse weather and road conditions

The classic test elements of the already existing proving ground, such as asphalt tracks with different road markings, bad road tracks, twisting tracks, off-road terrain, different gradients and circular tracks will be expanded by 2023 to include further important ODD elements and the necessary digital infrastructure (C-ITS / 5G). In total, around 7 zones for testing autonomous vehicles and transport vehicles in the heart of Europe will be available on the autonomous driving proving ground in St. Valentin by 2023.

Drone flight over the proving ground in St. Valentin

Follow us on a drone flight over the test area for automated driving in St. Valentin, Lower Austria

Info on the launch of the outdoor rain plant at the Digitrans Test Center for Automated Driving

On November 16, 2022, the unique outdoor rain plant in the test center for automated driving on the proving ground in St. Valentin was put into operation.

The outdoor rain plant makes it possible to generate natural rain at the push of a button, thus enabling reproducible rain tests for automated vehicle technologies.

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Highlights Proving Ground for Autonomous Driving

Overview test track

Teststrecke Digitrans Overview
Teststrecke Digitrans Overview
Teststrecke St. Valentin Offroad Schotterpiste

Off-road terrain (available)

  • 7.2 km off-road gravel road
  • Circuit for durability
  • Obstacles, twisting paths and steep slopes (40% / 60%)
Inspektions Gebäude Luftaufnahme

Inspection area

  • Office building
  • Test bench
  • Inspection hall
  • Event location

Driving dynamics track

  • 450m x 20m
  • a total of up to 6 lanes
  • High Performance Road Marking System

Outdoor rain plant

  • Natural rain
  • Different drop sizes
  • Intensities: from 10mm/h to 100mm
  • Length: 100m / Width: 6m
Crossing Digitrans Proving Ground


  • 4 junction arms
  • C-ITS traffic lights
Digitrans Kreisverkehr


  • Diameter: 28m
  • 4 junctions, each 7m wide
  • High Performance Road Marking System
Digitrans City Zone

City Zone

  • 250m network of trails
  • Sidewalks and bike paths
  • Different banquets
  • Floor markings and traffic signs

The Digitrans test center for automated driving and automated freight transport is located on the proving ground in St Valentin on the site of the Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Steyr. The test center, where a wide variety of autonomous driving functions, as well as AD and ADAS tests can be carried out in adverse weather conditions, is being built and operated by Digitrans. Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Steyr provides the existing proving ground and supports DigiTrans GmbH as a shareholder.

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Details test track for autonomous driving (Proving Ground)

Tracks Overview

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  • A total of 2200m asphalt route for different scenarios
  • 940m straight asphalt track for acceleration tests
  • different curves and radii
  • Circular path with 88m diameter
  • Integrated noise measuring station (ISO 362-1 / ISO 10844:2014)
  • Different road markings
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  • 450m x 20m
  • 6 lanes
  • lane width: 3,5m and 3,25m
  • High performance road markings from SWARCO Road Marking Systems
  • Highly digitalized infrastructure: C-ITS and 5G network coverage
  • Infrastructure equipment for different ISAD levels
  • Planned tests along the route:
    Lane changes, merging, laning, overtaking, lane tapers (zipper system), highway accesses and exits, column traffic, and obstacle detection


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For testing functional test use cases of autonomous vehicles

  • Arch radius: 55m
  • Regulated street crossing with 4 junction arms
  • Intelligent traffic light control – C-ITS interface
  • Unregulated intersection with 3 junction arms
  • NCAP-compliant crossing
  • Traffic signs and road marking systems
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Built according to the regulations and guidelines of the research company “Road – Rail – Traffic” and the RVS (guidelines and regulations for roads) for testing a wide variety of traffic scenarios for autonomous vehicles and driverless commercial vehicles.

  • Roundabout with 4 junctions, each 7m wide
  • Different confluence angles
  • Roundabout diameter: 28m
  • Two lanes each 5m wide
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  • Stadtverkehrszone mit ca. 450m Wegenetz
  • Simulation von Gebäuden mit Attrappen
  • Unterschiedliche Bankette
  • Integrierte Geh- und Radwege
  • Fahrbahnmarkierungen und Verkehrszeichen
  • Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzungen, Bushaltestellen, Parkplätze
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  • 7,2 Km Offroad Schotterpiste
  • Schlammstrecke
  • Befestigter Steilhang (40%/60%)
  • Schottergruben
  • Traktionsplatten (Rutschplatten)
  • Watbecken bis 1,8m (NATO)
  • Verwindungsbahnen (300mm/400mm)
  • Schlechtwegstrecke mit Schlaglöchern
  • Waschbrett
  • Schwellen: 200mm und 250mm / 150mm, 155mm Trapez
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Enhanced Infrastructure

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Technical details

  • Dimensions: Length: 100 m, width: 6 m, height: 10 m
  • Generation of natural rain
  • 3 intensities: 10 mm/h to 100 mm/h

ADAS and AD test scenarios in adverse weather conditions

  • Tests for complex intersection scenarios
    with multiple road users
  • Tests at high speeds
  • Tests with sprayed water from vehicles and tires
  • Tests in daylight, darkness and with artificial light

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LED street lights in the area of the rain plant and intersection

  • Up to 72 LEDs for extremely wide roads
  • M1-M6, length: 320m
  • Luminous flux of the luminaire: 15 597 lm
  • Luminous efficacy: 147.1 lm / W
  • Lighting for EURO NCAP tests

image: Freepik.com

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Different marking systems from SWARCO Road Marking Systems – exclusive system partner for road markings

  • Area markings
  • Structural markings
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Edge markings
  • Centre lines
  • Directional arrows
  • Construction site markings
  • Temporary markings
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  • 7 color cameras
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 HD
  • Format: 16:9 / H264 + raw data
  • Cloud transfer
  • Video analysis and reporting
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  • 5G communication and data transfer
  • C-ITS test bed for the development and testing of C-ITS test messages and research use cases
  • WLAN infrastructure
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  • Bürogebäude (Bürofläche und Besprechungsraum)
  • Prüfstand
  • Inspektions-Halle
  • Event Location
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Funding for the expansion of the proving ground in St. Valentin

The expansion of the proving ground is largely financed by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) and is additionally supported by the ecoplus business agency of the state of Lower Austria. For more information on EFRE, visit www.efre.gv.at

Highlights at the proving ground in St. Valentin

In the future, the test track for autonomous driving in Austria will be able to generate different amounts of precipitation and droplet sizes with an outdoor irrigation system. In a city zone, traffic scenarios from the urban environment and scenarios at an intersection with intelligent traffic light switching can be simulated in real-life tests. To test Hub2Hub scenarios, a hub zone is integrated so that different automated docking maneuvers with trucks and delivery vans can be simulated and tested.

5G / C-ITS test field

5G / C-ITS test field

Highly digitized infrastructure for testing automated and networked vehicle technologies

Different weather conditions

Different weather conditions

  • Outdoor Rain Plant
  • Control of different droplet sizes
  • Intelligent LED lighting system
  • Generation of light-shadow changes

Large coverage of real traffic scenarios

Large coverage of real traffic scenarios

  • Intersection with C-ITS traffic light control
  • City area (City Zone)
  • Driving dynamics area / Highway (6 lanes on 20m x 600m)
  • Roundabout with different road marking systems
  • Parking Zone with different parking options

Hub Zone

Hub Zone

  • Testing of automated logistics tasks
  • Maneuvering areas and loading and unloading zones
  • Adjustable ramps and entrance gates

Impressions of the proving ground in St. Valentin

Actual pictures of the proving ground in St. Valentin, Lower Austria

Test track folder 2020/2021

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Selection of test scenarios on the test track (Proving Ground) in St. Valentin

Possible test scenarios:

Large number of different reproducible test scenarios for autonomous vehicles under real traffic conditions. For example, on regulated and unregulated intersections, roundabouts, city traffic zones with different lane markings and traffic signs.

Review and comparison of autonomous vehicle technologies (RADAR, Camera, LiDAR, LDA) under difficult road and weather conditions (ADAS tests). For example, in the case of precipitation, wet roads, poor visibility or road damage and poorly visible road markings.

ADAS test scenarios for the evaluation of the security category by Euro NCAP. Among other things, Automatic Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assistant (LKA) can be tested to assess the safety of occupants and pedestrians.

  • Edge case analyses of autonomous vehicles
  • Provision of data for simulations of different traffic scenarios with autonomous vehicles
  • Outside noise measurements according to ISO 362-1 / ISO 10844:2014
  • EU Regulation 540-2014 (2007/46 / EG)
  • Power supply 220V / 50Hz

Testing the fatigue strength of vehicles and vehicle components on asphalt roads, poor roads and off-road routes with syntactic obstacles as well as testing the durability of construction vehicles, trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.

Stress tests of a wide variety of vehicle types in the off-road area. For example on rough roads with a wide variety of obstacles, gravel roads and muddy roads. In addition, a wading basin up to 1.8 m deep is available for testing the internal and external vehicle sealing.

Different torsion paths as well as torsion and parallel obstacles at different heights for functional testing of the suspension, frame, chassis, driver’s cab and driver’s seat.

Additional test track services

72h special cancellation

If you have to cancel due to Corona restrictions, you can cancel without any problems and free of charge up to 72 hours in advance.

Truck rental

Test sensors and software with real commercial vehicles. Different truck sizes are available for this purpose.

Planning and consulting

We analyze and evaluate your test scenario individually and work with you to plan all the important steps leading to the perfect test result.

Individual test design

We develop customized test concepts and select the right partners, technologies, vehicles and traffic scenarios based on your requirements.

Test implementation / test driver

You can have test drivers carry out parts or entire test scenarios. We take care of planning, organization and implementation.

On-site support

We are happy to support you with test engineers and accident analysis experts directly on site on our test track for autonomous driving in St. Valentin.

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How to find us

Digitrans Büro Office Linz

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DigiTrans GmbH
Hamerlingstraße 42
4020 Linz
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Test track (proving ground) St. Valentin

Opposite Weindlau 41
4432 Ernsthofen
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