Fiat-Chrysler recently announced that it would be investing $30 million in FCA autonomous driving technology. The new lab and testing facility will be at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. The brand will also be investing in advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies as well. The new 6,500-square-foot command center is the ideal place for innovation.
FCA has long been a leader when it comes to automotive technologies and autonomous vehicles are the next step in auto history. According to FCA, the new Chelsea Proving Grounds facility in southeast Michigan will include a 35-acre safety-evaluation area, a dedicated highway-speed track, and a centralized command center. In short, it’s the perfect place to thoroughly test self-driving cars.
“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. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”
Autonomous vehicle systems are capable of driving with minimal driver input. This includes harsh environments and around obstacles. Currently, FCA is working to perfect sensor technologies and software systems. These systems would be capable of both keeping drivers safe as well as improving efficiency and driving times.
We at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are excited to see the strides the new testing facility will make in autonomous driving technology.