Test track for
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
Off-road terrain (available)
- 7.2 km off-road gravel road
- Circuit for durability
- Obstacles, twisting paths and steep slopes (40% / 60%)
Inspection area (available)
- Office building
- Test bench
- Inspection hall
- Event location
Driving dynamics track (available)
- 450m x 20m
- a total of up to 6 lanes
- High Performance Road Marking System
Outdoor rain plant (November 2022)
- Natural rain
- Different drop sizes
- Intensities: from 10mm/h to 100mm
- Length: 100m / Width: 6m
- 4 junction arms
- C-ITS traffic lights
- Diameter: 28m
- 4 junctions, each 7m wide
- High Performance Road Marking System
Hub Zone (2023)
- different maneuvering areas
- adjustable ramps and entrance gates
City Zone (available)
- 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.
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.
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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.
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
- 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.