DRI Offers a Full Range of Vehicle Testing Services
California Proving Ground
DRI can support many types of full-scale vehicle test programs. We have a private proprietary vehicle dynamics area (VDA) test facility, located at the Minter Airfield, near Bakersfield California. This secure area is suitable for vehicle handling, braking and ride tests, evaluations of advanced collision avoidance technologies, pass-by noise measurements, and studies of driver behavior. Some specific examples of tests and evaluations are commonly done for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automotive manufacturers include:
Instrumentation and Testing Support
Vehicle instrumentation and testing support is an area of special expertise at DRI. The following tests, including NCAP and FMVSS for NHTSA, are completed at Minter and Torrance facilities.
U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) tests
Crash-Imminent Braking (CIB),
Dynamic Brake Support (DBS),
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Keeping Support (LKS)
Rollover resistance (Fishhook)
Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB)
Rear Automatic Braking (RAB)
Semi-Automatic Headlight Beam Switching (SHBS)
Lower Beam Headlight Visibility (LBHV)
FMVSS 126 Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Examples of other types of tests performed at DRI-Minter include:
SAE J3069 Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB)
Euro NCAP AEB City and AEB Inter-Urban
Euro NCAP Vulnerable Road Users (VRU)
Euro NCAP Lane Support Systems (LSS)
SAE J2664 and J2807 Trailer Towing
OEM Specified tests
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
The DRI Guided Soft Target
The GST system comprises a hardened, satellite guided (DGPS), self-propelled Low Profile Robotic Vehicle (LPRV) which serves as a means of conveyance for a variety of surrogate targets which acts as a realistically moving collision partner, such as the Soft Car 360.
Low Profile Robotic Vehicle (LPRV)
The LPRV is capable of performing most maneuvers that a passenger car can accomplish, allowing it to be used as a surrogate in many different types of scenarios.
Minter Test Facility
DRI has a private proprietary Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA) test facility, located at the Minter Airfield, near Bakersfield California. This secure area is suitable for vehicle handling, braking and ride tests, evaluations of advanced collision avoidance technologies, pass-by noise measurements, and studies of driver behavior.
Automatic Vehicle Controllers
Specified, designed, fabricated, installed and used by DRI on a variety of vehicles for handling, maneuvering, stability, and braking tests. This includes AVC’s for automobiles, pickup trucks, SUVs, all-terrain vehicles, and motorcycles.