The Zernike location is both the field lab for autonomous transportation on the road as well as the base lab for more general matters beyond modalities and not specifically linked to one single modality. The autonomous road transportation field lab also includes a test circuit at Zernike. It is here, where the testing and connecting with other modalities is done. The test circuit is at all times available for test rides. This enhances development due to the opportunity to connect and lab research results with real outdoor testing – a key aspect of this field lab.
Over the coming years multiple field labs are to be developed and expanded, thus working step-by-step towards testing and developing effective implementation within for instance PT concessions. Here, certification also plays a major role, allowing these labs to be unique in Europe. The field labs will be exchanging knowledge and experience with each other, closely linked as they are. Testing and development can partly be conducted at other field labs (drones at Zernike, shuttles at the taxi runway at the Groningen Airport Eelde or at the Eemshaven, etc.). The whole development process and its expedition also requires connecting at an educational level regarding training, research and internships. For this reason, structural collaboration – rather than the current fragmented projects – is sought at the field labs with the Noorderpoort Regional Educational Centre, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the University of Groningen as well as other educational institutions. Wherever possible as well as useful, we are developing additional field labs in the Northern Netherlands.