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.

Impression of the test track with a view of HAW Hamburg's activities

The HAW Hamburg has developed sensors and methods as part of its test activities as a user of the test track in order to identify the position of vehicles when the reception of navigation satellites is disturbed or unavailable. In the process, different, novel sensors and cameras were combined with high-precision environment models and simulations for the geolocated, time- and weather-independent determination of signals relevant for autonomous driving. For its activities, HAW Hamburg used all sections of the TAVF test track from 2019 to 2020, focusing on complex sections with limited availability of e.g. GPS/Galileo. The findings of HAW Hamburg and the driving on the entire TAVF test track are presented in the Youtube video of HAW Hamburg.…

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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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