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3M™ Visibility
Research Center &
Demonstration Center

Helping Customers become more visible

3M™ Visibility Research Center & Demonstration Center

Our Visibility Demonstration Center is part of the 3M Transportation Safety Research Center, a world-class visibility products testing and demonstration facility. An extension of our Corporate Laboratories, it’s 2.5 miles of roadway are configured to replicate residential, urban, rural, interstate and work zone environments. This center is a dynamic outdoor laboratory where new products are tested and current products are demonstrated to our customers in real world conditions.

See the impact reflective material has on your products first hand. To arrange a demonstration, please contact your 3M sales representative.

Difference between white clothing and reflective clothing

Test track example: This test was designed to show the difference in visibility between white clothing and clothing with reflective gear at various distances. Learn more about No White At Night.

Build Better Garments

3M’s testing facilities and technical service resources are among the best in the world, and they are available to our customers free of charge to help maximize reflective wear performance. Come to the 3M Test Track (Cottage Grove, MN) to test and compare the visibility of your designs in a real-world setting.

  • One of the largest facilities of its kind in the world
  • 2.5 miles of paved roadway
  • Wide range of vehicle viewing options
  • Long sight distances for dawn/dusk and nighttime viewings and nighttime conspicuity demonstrations
  • Interstate, urban and rural driving
  • Site has been used to support activities


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