OSHAWA, ON—General Motors has built a new facility here next to its assembly plant to test autonomous and electric vehicles. It will enable engineers at the automaker’s Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) to “put their code-to-the-road.”

The CTC McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track (CTC MATT) features an oval-shaped design and four lanes. The 55-acre facility is named after Sam McLaughlin, an automotive pioneer who founded GM Canada in 1918.

“CTC MATT will support the testing of advanced vehicle software and technologies that will enable a future vision that is self-driven, all-electric and highly connected,” says Scott Bell, president and managing director of GM Canada. “We’re excited for the next big step forward in advanced technology development and testing, right here in Oshawa.”

Engineers will use the track to develop and integrate hardware and software for advanced vehicle systems, including advanced driver assistance systems, autonomous sensor technology, connected systems and motion-embedded controls.