Feasibility study for a Nordic Road testing facility
|Coordinator||Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut - VTI Göteborg|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||April 2018 - September 2019|
|Venture||The strategic innovation programme InfraSweden2030|
Purpose and goal
The study illustrates technical and organizational conditions as well as possible business models and operating methods for a test road track facility, including financing for establishment and for operation. The purpose of a fixed test road facility is to offer opportunities for validation of more cost-effective or environmentally friendly road infrastructure. The facility also provides the opportunity to study or validate new maintenance and technology solutions in a real traffic environment.
Expected results and effects
There is great interest and potential for a Nordic test road facility. Today, very few test-road facilities exist in the outside world. MnROAD is the only test facility with the ability to manage traffic and test under real traffic environment which is very extensive. Evaluation of the research activities at MnROAD has shown great profitability with a utilization ratio of about 8.9 (profits / costs) during the first phase. A test road facility that is adapted to Nordic needs and conditions thus wants to contribute to increased productivity and increased degree of innovation in Sweden.
Planned approach and implementation
The study started with external monitoring and mapping of existing demo and test track facilities. A more detailed analysis has been provided supply and demand to show specific needs and expected upcoming challenges in the field. Analysis of the business model & organization for similar test facilities have presented the possible business models for organization, ownership, operation & maintenance. Investment costs for the establishment and operation of a Nordic test track facility over two 5-year periods have been presented together with market demand &profitability analysis.