The Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg is the ideal environment for companies and research institutions to test future-oriented technologies and services related to networked and automated driving in everyday road traffic. Soon, vehicle systems, additional services, and applications for automated and connected driving can be tested under real traffic conditions in the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg, such as automated driving of cars, buses or commercial vehicles, street cleaning or delivery services for instance. Furthermore, this is an opportunity to update the regulatory and legal conditions. Currently, the test track is being developed. For this, high-precision 3-D maps are produced and sensors for the real-time acquisition of traffic and its influencing factors are installed.
The test track is designed and developed by a consortium of FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the city of Karlsruhe, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, the Heilbronn University and the city of Bruchsal as well as further associated partners. The Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV) will operate the test area.
The Ministry of Transport Baden-Württemberg provides funding of EUR 2.5 millionen Euro. The consortium itself as well as associated partners and industrial partners additionally contribute own funds to the project.
Within the frame of the research project, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is in charge of the following issues: Establishing the road meteorological stations, carrying out traffic census, localized situation analysis,
as well as cooperating in work groups on data integration into high-precision maps, on drawing up of information systems, on safety, legal framework and data protection, on public relations, and participating in the workshop.
For details about the Test Area Autonomous Driving, please see the project's webpages by the Research Center for Information Technology.