The Gothenburg test site is a large-scale functional test site located in the south of Sweden. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, with three major highways from the city, to the south, the north and the east. The test site has been operated by SAFER JRU since 2008. It includes both a public site and a closed track.
The test site is split into two regions, off limits for normal traffic: Stora Holm, a closed test track 15 minutes from the Gothenburg city centre, is used for safety critical and non-traffic regulation compliant performance testing as well as the large closed test track used by Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks. The City Race Track in the middle of Gothenburg exists since October 2009 and has been used for demonstrations of cooperative systems during a high-level EU meeting. It is a closed track located 1 km from Lindholmen Science Parkcan that be used for development testing and demonstrations.
Altogether, available roads consist of more than 100 km of highway and urban roads, respectively, and more than 50 km rural road. There are more than 100 intersections equipped with traffic lights located along these roads.
The test site has particular climate conditions: tests which require snowy conditions can be performed here during the winter season from December to February. Winter tyres are required from December through March.
Please also see the technical specification and map.
Test site events
simTD final event after successful FOT
On June 20th, 2013, the research project simTD presented its system of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication. At the fairgrounds in Frankfurt/Main more than 350 participants from industry, academia and politics were welcomed to the final event of the project.
More than 20 representatives from TV, print and online media attended the press conference in which the project results were presented to the public. At the subsequent expert conference simTD experts showed technology, field test and results of the project as well as a preview of the forthcoming implementation of the car-to-x technology. Accompanying, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about additional results of simTD and discuss the future of mobility with experts at an exhibition.
The highlight of the event were the driving demonstrations in real traffic. For this purpose, a total of 17 cars and two motorcycles of the project partners were available. More than 250 visitors took advantage of this opportunity and participated in a demonstration run experiencing the simTD system in real operation.
More information and current information material can be found on www.simtd.de.