The race to get autonomous vehicles ready for the road is creating new opportunities for companies. AstaZero CEO Peter Janevik says his company is operating one of the world’s most advanced test facilities for self-driving technology. He explained what makes the Swedish test track unique and outlined why it’s so important to be transparent about what autonomous cars can and can’t do during an interview with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Olive Keogh.
Why is your advanced test facility for autonomous vehicle technology in Hallered, Sweden, different?
It is the only track of its kind in Europe and the most advanced in the world. We are setting a new benchmark in automated vehicle and active safety testing by creating a unique mixed-reality test environment that really challenges automated vehicles and self-driving cars.
Does the track look like a normal proving ground?
No, because we have none of the things you would expect such as ride or handling tracks. Instead, we have a small city environment with an intersection and some scenery from Harlem in New York actually. But, we can simulate virtually any traffic situation in any city -- the Arc de Triomphe traffic system in Paris for example -- and blend it with real vehicles and real people positioned around the track. Being able to do this means we can create a completely new level of traffic complexity to look at how autonomous vehicles will share roads with other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
Who owns the track and who are AstaZero’s customers?
It is owned by RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Chalmers University of Technology. Our customers are car manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers in Europe and other parts of the world.