Photo Gallery: Daimler Trucks High Desert Proving Grounds Last week, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) celebrated the completion and official opening of its new High Desert Proving Grounds in Madras, Ore. The test track is three-and-a-half miles of highly engineered surfaces that allow engineers to simulate a typical vehicle’s full service life in approximately six months. In fact, one test track mile is equal to 200 real-world miles in terms of durability testing, allowing Daimler Trucks to accelerate truck testing to the tune of 6,000 test track miles equaling 1.2 million application miles, explained Wilfried Achenbach, senior vice president of engineering. Additionally, The 32,000 square foot office building will be home to up to 40 employees, the majority of which will be hired locally, with responsibility for both driving and test engineering. There are also 14 service bays for technicians to work on and inspect the fleet of durability test vehicles. The 87 acre High Desert Proving Grounds is critical for assurance of reliability, durability and fuel efficiency for Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles. The track will serve as a key component in the company’s ongoing testing in the areas of truck platooning and autonomous vehicles. Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America “It takes countless hours of research and development, testing, and validation to engineer and deliver products that pace the industry in safety and fuel economy,” said Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America. “The opening of this facility will ensure the future reliability of our products, as well as expedite of future technologies that enhance our customers’ bottom line.” Daimler Trucks continues to invest. Click here to watch the groundbreaking of the new Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. Logistics Center. The High Desert Proving Grounds is located approximately 120 miles southeast of DTNA’s Portland Headquarters, allowing the engineering team easy access to the testing facility. The total High Desert Proving Grounds project required an $18.7 million investment by DTNA. Work began in June 2015 to clear the land with construction commencing in May 2016 by general contractor Kirby Nagelhout. The new proving grounds provide two distinct functions: firstly to merge real-world validation of DTNA’s research and development and engineering initiatives and secondly to help bring new technologies to market faster than ever before. To hold you over until we release our On the Road episode putting a New Cascadia Prototype through the punishing test course, enjoy this collection of photos: This wall is exactly what lines the test track road. Just wait until you see this in motion—video coming soon. The interior display of a New Cascadia ( and not the classic cabover above).