New Automated Vehicle Testing Site
May 01, 2015 12:17PM
● By Jennifer Neys
Concord Naval Weapons Station
By Concord Mayor Tim Grayson
The first of its kind, a Connected Vehicle - Autonomous Vehicle testing site has been established at the 5,000 acre Concord Naval Weapons Station property. In partnership with the City of Concord, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and car manufacturers like Honda and Mercedes Benz, this new initiative, called GoMentum Station, will test new, state-of-the-art advanced technologies for automated features on future vehicles.
In the quest for a "collision-free" driving experience, technology experts will be using the Concord Naval Weapons Station's 20 miles of roads, buildings, slopes, tunnels and other infrastructure to test new automated driving technologies. Honda, for example, has already created a vehicle that can safely conduct automated freeway merging and lane changing.
This new GoMentum Station makes Central Contra Costa the "go-to" hub for new automated car innovations that will ultimately promote smart vehicles to increase safety on the roads for all our nation's drivers. I'm extremely proud of this accomplishment. For more information, please visit gomentumstation.net.
You can watch the KTVU Channel 2 news video on driverless car technology at the old navy base here.