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Future Mobility

Driving autonomous vehicles round the bend!

The new Baden-Württemberg Autonomous Driving Test Ground (TAF BW) has been set up to develop automated and networked driving systems for use in regular traffic. Visitors to CeBIT 2017 can try out the test ground’s latest ideas and concepts for themselves.

14 Mar. 2017

Last year, the "FZI" IT Research Center awarded the contract to build the TAF BW to a consortium made up of the city of Karlsruhe, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, the cities of Bruchsal and Heilbronn, and other associated partners. The KIT has now teamed up with the FZI to give visitors to CeBIT 2017 an insight into the latest status of the project, which is designed to provide companies and research institutions with wide-ranging test facilities for the future-focused technologies and services associated with networked and automated driving in everyday road traffic.

Visitors to Stand A30 in Hall 6 can take a virtual test drive to explore the ideas and concepts of the Baden-Württemberg Autonomous Driving Test Ground. The experience centers on a demonstration of autonomous driving, Car2X functions and the facility’s data infrastructure. The demonstrator being put through its paces at CeBIT consists of a model vehicle, a video screen and a traffic signal and roadside unit (RSU), which shows how the traffic signal communicates with the car and how information from the traffic light is relayed. Besides that, the team is explaining and illuminating further challenges, approaches to problem-solving and the advantages of autonomous vehicles. Back in the real world, at the test ground itself, all kinds of road surfaces are currently being prepared to test automated and networked driving. The consortium is busy creating ultra-precise 3D maps and installing sensors to record the traffic and influencing factors in real time, ready for the scheduled opening of the test ground at the end of the year.