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 has been set up in the city of Hamburg. Since 2018, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has been upgrading traffic lights for infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. 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 Digital and Transport (BMDV) and the European Union within the Connected Europe Facility.



> 50 traffic lights
and a bascule bridge...

...are equipped with communication systems 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.

High-precision data sets on Hamburg's inner city are provided as part of the European funding project Hi-Drive

Already in 2017, a high amount of data sets were recorded with special measurement vehicles from AllTerra, annotated by DataDEV (Serbia), for a multi-year project of VW Group research on automated driving in Hamburg. The goal was automated driving on the TAVF test track around the Hamburg exhibition grounds. High-precision 3D-HD maps (3DHD CityScenes) were created from the data sets as part of the European Hi-Drive funding project. Point clouds were recorded from which data were extracted. The HD map covers 127 km of road sections in Hamburg's city centre, including 467 km of individual lanes. The point clouds and the extracted data were published by Hi-Drive in November 2022. This makes the so-called 3DHD CityScenes the most comprehensive…

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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.

Phone: +49 40 428413557

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