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6 September 2018

$30M INVESTMENT IN VEHICLE TESTING FACILITY

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed a US$30 million investment in Chelsea Proving Grounds.

The southeast Michigan facility will contribute to the development and testing of autonomous vehicle and advanced safety technologies. The investment signifies the OEM commitment to only delivering the safest, most robustly proven vehicles to drivers.

The all-new facility, which begins testing programs in September, features a dedicated autonomous highway-speed track, 35-acre safety-feature evaluation area, and a high-tech command centre.

Chelsea Proving Grounds (CPG) opened in 1954. Undergoing numerous expansions, it covers nearly 4,000 acres, boasts a road-surface total of 100 miles and features off-road replicas of the Rubicon and other challenging trails. The site is in operation seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Employing approximately 900 people, CPG was home to one of the first wind tunnels owned by an automaker. It was also the site of several speed records, including stock-car racer Buddy Baker’s 203 miles-per-hour (mph) run in a Dodge Charger Daytona.

“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Chief Operating Officer, NAFTA region.

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Jeep undergoing rear impact testing at Chrysler’s Proving Grounds in 2015.

“Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”

The facility will allow for testing of various levels of autonomy and enables the company to evaluate FCA vehicles using test protocols from third parties, such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), plus additional automatic electronic brake test simulations.

The autonomous highway-speed track offers the capability to develop autonomous vehicle systems under a wide range of challenging environments, including obstacles, tunnels, varying road lighting conditions, and interstate-style exit and entrance ramps.

The command centre covers more than 6,500 square feet and houses computer equipment vital to GPS capability and test vehicle communication.

The ADAS facility accommodates testing of advanced iterations of automatic emergency braking and automated parking technologies on a new 35-acre paved test facility.

 

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