The recently opened AstaZero proving ground, near Gothenburg in western Sweden, is the world’s first full-scale proving ground with a primary focus on future traffic safety solutions.
The 200-hectare (500-acre) facility can accommodate a wide range of real-world traffic conditions, including city streets, highways, multi-lane expressways and crossroads.
"You can simulate all types of real-world traffic scenarios," says Pether Wallin, CEO of AstaZero. "At most proving grounds, the options are more limited."
Based on a collaboration between academia, industry and the government agencies, the AstaZero facility is intended to serve as an open, international stage for use by all interested stakeholders, including vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, universities, and technical organizations.
The name Asta (Active Safety Test Area) relates to the facility’s connection to a vision of zero traffic fatalities.
Volvo has a stated vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
"The Swedish automotive industry is at the leading edge of active safety, says Axelson. "Thanks to AstaZero, we have great prospects for keeping our leading position.
"We’re the only car manufacturing company in the world to have set a goal of zero traffic fatalities for a specific date, and we’re the only country in the world whose government supports a zero traffic fatalities vision."