Hamburg Schiffsbug

Welcome to TAVF,
the test track for automated and
connected driving in Hamburg

Hamburg explores the mobility of the future

A test track several kilometers long for automated and connected driving is being built in the city of Hamburg. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is upgrading traffic light systems for the infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (V2I). Vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and research institutions will be able to test innovative mobility services, such as automated driving functions or safety assistance systems, in real traffic on public roads. The development and operation of the test track is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). 




traffic lights...

...will be equipped with communication systems by 2020 to exchange data with passing vehicles.


traffic situations...

...mark the circuit and enable the testing of ITS services and automated driving functions in the real urban traffic environment.



...based on the WLAN 802.11p standard is used for wireless communication between vehicles and the traffic infrastructure.



...messages provide road users with information about the traffic light image of the traffic lights and the existing road topology.

Intelligent greetings from the TAVF to the ITS community

The project partners from the TAVF - Test Track for Automated and Connected Driving in Hamburg cannot personally welcome the ITS community at this year's ITS World Congress in Los Angeles. Therefore they send digital greetings from the test track in a video message. In this way the TAVF activities and users will be presented. Since 2018, the test track in Hamburg's city centre has been in operation and is being continuously expanded. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is gradually equipping more than 55 traffic lights and a bridge for I2V/V2I communication. Since June of this year, all traffic lights have been equipped with PKI version 1.3.1 in accordance with the latest standard for public safety infrastructures. This makes the test…

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Become a user

The test track is available to vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and research institutions as an open platform for testing innovative mobility services. Interested parties can apply to the TAVF coordination centre for use.


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TAVF-Project Partners


The TAVF coordination centre will answer any questions you may have about the test track and the terms of use.

Tel: +49 40 428413557

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