General Motors has completed its new test track in Oshawa, Ontario, and will start using it to develop advanced technologies for electric and self-driving vehicles.
The new facility is known as the CTC McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track (CTC MATT). The “CTC” identifies it as part of GM’s Canadian Technical Centre, while “McLaughlin” is for Sam McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada. It includes an oval for continuous driving, and four lanes with speeds ranging from 60 to 100 km/h.
The 55-acre facility is adjacent to GM’s assembly plant in Oshawa, which closed last year but recently got a reprieve, and will reopen to build pickup trucks. Portions of the plant currently produce vehicle parts, along with a small section that makes non-surgical masks for COVID-19 protection.
GM said it will use the track to help develop and integrate software and hardware for systems such as vehicle motion embedded controls, advanced driver-assistance systems, autonomous vehicle systems, infotainment, and other advanced technology projects.
The plant is already in use, but if allowed under pandemic restrictions, the company will have an official grand opening event in early spring. The automaker’s Ontario facilities also include a cold-weather testing operation in Kapuskasing, and technology campuses in Markham and Oshawa. With the new track facility, the Canadian Technical Centre becomes GM’s largest software engineering and development centre outside of the U.S.