Minister Schultz opens new testing ground for self-driving cars

The Netherlands is home to a new self-driving cars research and testing lab. Today, Minister Schultz van Haegen opened the new facility in The Green Village of TU Delft. The facility will collaborate with the Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Area on testing new technologies and concepts on public roads.

Minister Schultz: ‘We in the Netherlands are strong when it comes to innovation and developing smart traffic solutions. Thanks to our good infrastructure, research institutes and partnerships between the government and the business community we are able to put innovations into practice quickly. This opens up opportunities for all the parties involved and allows the Netherlands to make its mark as an ideal testing site for the mobility solutions of the future.’

The Automated Driving Research Lab in Delft offers research institutes, the business community, and the government the facilities they need to develop products, concepts or models and test them in a semi-closed environment (the campus).

It is important that new concepts can then be field-tested. The Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Region partnership provides experimental space where innovations developed in the research lab can be tested. Road testing takes place in consultation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and after the test set-up has been approved by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority.

There are plans for testing on public roads in the area around Rotterdam, The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Rijswijk, Capelle a/d IJssel, Schiedam, and Leidschendam-Voorburg.

In addition, the Automated Driving Research Lab and the Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Region are also actively looking to collaborate with other testing labs and test projects, for example Smart City Dordrecht and NHTV University of Applied Sciences in Breda. This will enable an optimum exchange of knowledge, and allow the regional business community to be involved in new ideas and opportunities.