What We Do
We test – 24/7
One-stop source for vehicle testing, certification, research, development and project management
As an independent vehicle test facility and proving ground, TRC is a one-stop source for research and development, as well as compliance and certification testing for vehicles and components. We perform crash testing, emissions testing, dynamic and durability testing, validation; offer specialized test equipment and calibration services, crash dummy rentals, performance and vehicle test driving; host special events and, most importantly, provide engineering solutions.
Through our experience working with various OEMs, governments, and a variety of manufacturers from around the world, TRC project managers, engineers and support staff have extensive knowledge and expertise, testing nearly every type of vehicle, equipment and component, including:
- Passenger vehicles
- Commercial vehicles
- Recreational vehicles
- All-terrain vehicles
- Heavy-duty vehicles
- Military vehicles and equipment
- Utility vehicles
- Automated Driving Systems (ADS)
- Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
- Connected Vehicle and Infrastructure (V2X)
- Agricultural vehicles and equipment
- Alternative powertrain systems
- Aircraft and aerospace systems
- Construction equipment
- Lawn and garden equipment
- Components and systems
- Child restraint systems
- Fuels, lubricants and additives
- Perimeter barriers and gates
- Road surfaces
- Roadside safety hardware
TRC offers a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week operation for testing, events and other activities. We’re only closed for six holidays throughout the year – a schedule that’s truly unique among vehicle testing facilities.
As development cycles continue to shrink, companies must find ways to get new products to customers faster. Engineers need to wear down vehicles – quickly, safely and efficiently, especially when testing for durability. Working eight hours per day, this can take forever – and our customers don’t have forever. Running three shifts of drivers, Monday through Sunday, we’re able to accumulate mileage for durability tests very quickly and on a variety of road surfaces.
We “test the tests: with NHTSA
Test your vehicles with the same people who test for the government. Since the 1970s, TRC has been the home of the only federal vehicle research and test laboratory for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Our team members assist with crash test dummy standardization, crash avoidance testing and research, cyber security, laboratory operations, defects analysis assessment and testing, and crashworthiness testing and research.
As an unsurpassed resource for durability testing, we help validate designs and prove test components on our 4,500-acre proving grounds, with highly skilled personnel and the latest in high-tech facilities and instrumentation. Test miles can be accumulated on our expansive, confidential, secure and independently operated testing grounds, as well as on public roads surrounding TRC and throughout the country. Driving cycles can be duplicated or developed for all terrains and climates.
As automation and connectivity are reshaping the automotive industry, the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) remains at the forefront of these technologies. TRC Inc. conducts and enables testing of connected vehicle systems and driving automation systems on all existing test surfaces, including state-of-the-art facilities, built specifically for the development and validation of these technologies. Covering 540 acres of the 4,500-acre site, the new SMARTCenter facilities focus on replicating environments not found in traditional proving ground design.
Dynamic and Performance Testing
Dynamic vehicle testing services provide TRC with the data you need to better understand your vehicles’ performance behaviors. Our proving grounds offers experienced personnel, testing facilities and comprehensive instrumentation.
TRC’s extensive proving grounds include a full-service Impact Laboratory and a comprehensive vehicle safety development facility. Vehicle crash testing, impact simulation, highway appurtenances, automotive component static testing, dummy and instrumentation calibration labs are located in this secure area of the proving grounds.
TRC’s capabilities include exhaust and evaporative emissions testing (within our 24,000-square-foot Emissions Laboratory.) The facility provides engine and chassis dynamometer-based exhaust emissions and fuel economy testing.