Test track for
in St. Valentin
Test track (Proving Ground) for autonomous
driving in St. Valentin, Austria
The test track for autonomous driving in St. Valentin in Austria 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 poor weather and road conditions.
The classic test elements such as asphalt stretches with different ground markings, rough roads, twisting paths, off-road terrain, different gradients and circular paths will be expanded by further important ODD elements and the necessary digital infrastructure (C-ITS / 5G) by 2021. In total, around 7 zones for testing autonomous vehicles and transport vehicles will be available on the test track for autonomous driving in St. Valentin by the end of 2022.
Zones and test elements on the test track in St. Valentin
Overview test track
- Length: 2.2 km / 940m straight
- Curves, radii and circular paths
- Noise measuring station (ISO 362-1)
- road markings
- 7.2 km off-road gravel road
- Circuit for durability
- Obstacles, twisting paths and steep slopes (40% / 60%)
- Office building
- Test bench
- Inspection hall
- Event location
Driving dynamics track (2021)
- 350m x 20.8m by the end of 2020
- 600m x 20.8m by 2021
- A total of up to 6 lanes
Outdoor irrigation system (2021)
- Natural rain
- Different drop sizes
Crossing with C-ITS traffic lights (2021)
- 4 junction arms
- C-ITS traffic lights
- Diameter: 28m
- 4 junctions, each 7m wide
- LED street lights
Hub Zone (2021)
- different maneuvering areas
- adjustable ramps and entrance gates
City Zone (2022)
- 250m network of trails
- Sidewalks and bike paths
- Different banquets
- Floor markings and traffic signs
Funding of the expansion of the test track in St. Valentin
The expansion of the test track is largely financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) and additionally supported by the ecoplus business agency of the province of Lower Austria. Further information to EFRE is available on www.efre.gv.at
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.
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.
Testing of automated docking maneuvers on different ramp heights, as well as a large number of loading and unloading activities with various automated transport and logistics vehicles on the integrated hub zone.
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 analyzes of autonomous vehicles
- To provide data for simulations of different traffic scenarios with autonomous vehicles
- Exterior noise measurements according to ISO 362-1
- 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.