It is simply not enough to test self-driving vehicles in realistic conditions — if they are aimed to avoid crashes, they would have to be able to handle nightmare scenarios. Toyota is set to address that. The company is building a closed test facility that is located at the Michigan Technical Resource Park that is said to pit autonomous cars against “edge case” scenarios that will test the limits of the technology. It is planning to subject the vehicles to slick roads, clogged urban landscapes, and even a four-lane highway that has fast entrance and exit ramps.
The said facility will sit inside the existing oval track of the park and should be able to enter service this coming October.
The results of the said testing would not be available for some time. However, they could prove to be essential whenever they do arrive. Developers are eager to avoid another deadly self-driving car crash for as long as possible, and that means that producing autonomous systems that are prepared for life-threatening situations. For that matter, driverless cars may ultimately go without manual control. If those hands-off vehicles are really going to be trustworthy, they will need to deal with various dangerous situations.