GM Opens New Testing Ground for Safety Technology

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

General Motors has opened a new 52-acre Active Safety Test Area at its Milford Proving Ground near Detroit.

The American automaker promises to offer 22 different active safety technologies across its 2016 model year U.S. lineups, and will be using the new Active Safety Test Area to develop those technologies. Expect features ranging from driver alerts to those that automatically intervene to assist drivers in critical situations to find their way into future vehicles manufactured by General Motors.

The company shared some of the crash-avoidance features it is currently working on, which includes City Speed Front Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Rear Camera Mirror, Night Vision and Curb View Camera. Within the new Active Safety Test Area, the automaker has a 16-acre dynamics pad to test a variety of robot-controlled and automated vehicles, highway simulation with six lanes, a parking test area with different curb types, a pedestrian test area with 90-degree traffic intersection, a simulated tunnel with walls and posts, and a building for observation and indoor testing.

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The facility will also be home for testing of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies, which will come standard on the upcoming 2017 Cadillac CTS.

The move is similar to the new Mcity that recently opened up, focusing on the development of connected and driverless cars.

“Our comprehensive safety strategy of helping customers before, during and after a crash continues,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. “GM historically has been a leader in the development and testing of safety technologies, and applying our deep knowledge and expertise to prevent crashes from happening in the first place.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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