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Driverless car, 35 km of urban testing in Turin

The Italian city, known for its automotive production, is at the forefront for driverless vehicles. Thanks to a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the municipality of Piedmont has become an innovation laboratory, providing a testing track for manufacturers and research centres

10 Sep 2018

Turin looks ahead to the car of the future, the driverless one. It also provides manufacturers and research centres with an urban area where prototypes can be tested in a wide variety of situations, those of a real city road network. It is a 35 km long route through some of the main areas: from Città della Salute to the university, from Palagiustizia to Porta Nuova and Porta Susa railway stations up to Mirafiori and Powertrain plants. 

According to MIT website, “the route is structured to be modular: it can be divided into a series of pathways having different lengths and characteristics, depending on the type of level of the driverless system being tested, use cases to be tested, as well as the different infrastructures on the road and the development of vehicle networks, capable of interconnecting the vehicles in motion”. 

“Turin test gives us the opportunity to test what we are going to implement on a national scale with regard to the “Smart Road” project. The aim is to create road infrastructures where, thanks to the digital transformation process, platforms for road traffic observation and monitoring, data and information processing models and advanced services for infrastructure providers, public administrations and road users will be introduced.” – explained the Minister of Infrastructures and Transports, Danilo Toninelli, introducing the agreement between MIT and the municipality of Turin – “The city that represents automotive production in its own, is the perfect synthesis between history and the future, where tradition becomes innovation. A lab-city at the forefront of an industry that will create plenty of wealth and jobs in terms of sustainability, better traffic management and greater safety for mobility”. 

Paola Pisano, alderman for Innovation of the City of Turin, says: “The aim is to improve the urban mobility system through the development, throughout the city, of a technological infrastructure capable of interacting with the projects to be implemented over the territory, but above all to increase services for the citizen. This will hopefully become an economic strategy attracting skills and companies linked to technology and innovation not only for the city but for the whole nation, and that Turin will become the starting and reference point for this groundbreaking development”. 

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