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Title: Autonomous vehicle testing : a survey of commercial test sites and features
Authors: Webster, Julie L.
Smith, Emma L.
Stumpf, Annette L.
Fuhler, Megan R.
Keywords: Automated vehicles--Evaluation
Automated vehicles--Testing
Proving grounds
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CERL SR-24-2
Abstract: Connected and autonomous technologies are valuable to the Army because of their recognized potential to reduce the number of personnel exposed to threats in forward operations. The successful integration of such technologies has the potential to reduce Soldier deaths and injuries. Automation of routine tasks can also allow warfighters to focus their time on more strategic efforts. Furthermore, a reduction in manpower is expected to proportionally reduce energy use and material supply and resupply demands while bolstering resilience. To achieve these benefits, the reliability, safety, and utility of connected and autonomous systems must be successfully demonstrated in a variety of conditions before widespread adoption. Therefore, the Army needs a realistic testing environment to develop, test, and evaluate emerging technologies. This environment and its supporting infrastructure should provide a variety of terrain, functional areas, and power scenarios and should be able to demonstrate the viability of connected and autonomous technologies on an operational scale. The primary objective of this research was to survey US commercial facilities associated with autonomous vehicle development, testing, and evaluation.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CERL SR-24-2
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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