Subaru Builds New Tracks In Japan For Autonomous Testing

Subaru has built a pair of new test tracks in Japan, both aimed at helping the automaker develop its driver-assist systems.

A new high-speed track encompasses 2.6 miles of roadway, with four lanes, gentle curves, entrances and exits, and concrete pavement to approximate the conditions of an American freeway.

It’s joined by a new urban road course designed to simulate city driving, with one lane in each direction, intersections (with and without advanced turning lanes) crosswalks, and a European-style roundabout (traffic circle).

The new tracks form part of the company’s Bifuka Proving Ground near Hokkaido. The 900-acre facility opened in 1995, initially for cold-weather testing, and added a high-speed track in 2003. The latest additions will begin service next month, along with upgrades to the existing circuits and a new office building.

The additions are intended to help Subaru further develop its EyeSight driver-assist system. The company is working on an intersection collision avoidance system, and intends to roll out an automated lane-changing function by 2020.

Photo Gallery

  • Mark

    The track looks pretty useless for autonomous testing, but looks like it could be a lot of fun to drive on. It’s got a drag strip, a few long banking corners for drifting, a doughnut area, some exciting high speed corners. It looks to me like somebody has used the autonomous car development budget to build themselves a playground.


  • Bash

    And a perfect spot for drifting that WRX

  • Infinite1

    Looks like a fun track

  • fabri99

    Testing grounds like this one should be used for driving license practice. I don’t know about other countries, but in Italy you just practise on public roads…


      • fabri99

        Well, I’m quite positive that in scandinavian countries they have specific courses, but it may have to do with the tougher conditions there (driving on ice etc.).

Vicious Texas Drainage Holes Still Claim SUVs, Trucks And Amazon Vans

These holes have been a hazard for quite some time, but local authorities haven’t gotten around to fixing them.

Should Kahn Build A Pink Lamborghini Urus Or Go For Purple?

Kahn’s founder took to social media to ask whether they should go ahead with the pink Urus project.

Woman Who Can’t Get A Deal On New Car Gets Free Scion From A Total Stranger

The woman could believe this random act of kindness.

2019 Chevy Silverado Is The First-Ever Truck To Pace Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead the pack driving a bone-stock Silverado powered by a 420hp V8.

2020 Kia Soul EV Gets 243-Mile Range Rating From EPA

The 2020 Kia Soul EV beats most of its rivals, like the Nissan Leaf E+ and Chevy Bolt.

Would You Pay $55,000 For This Well-Kept 1991 BMW M5?

The car is finished in Brilliant Red and has a grey leather interior with the optional Executive Seating package.

Tire Shop Totals Couple’s BMW, Still Forces Them To Pay

After totaling the car, the shop demanded the owner pay them nearly $1,400.

40 Countries, But Not The U.S., China And India, Agree Cars Must Have Standard Automatic Braking

Japan and the EU will be the first to mandate the use of advanced Emergency Braking systems.

Chris Harris Reviews McLaren 600LT, Finds It More Rewarding Than The Senna

McLaren’s baby Long Tail model is a playful 592hp track beast.

Cadillac Shows Its Flirtatious Side, Sends Racy Tweets To Rivals

While Cadillac was pretty flirty, it gave Lexus a backhanded compliment.