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.

Volkswagen takes positive balance after six months at TAVF

For the last six months, the Volkswagen Group has been testing automated driving at the TAVF in Hamburg with five E-Golfs equipped with more than 30 laser scanners, cameras and radars.


On 6th November Volkswagen presented a positive balance on the test track. Due to the complexity of the test track in the city of Hamburg, Volkswagens has been able to receive valuable information since the early part of the year, for example about significant speeding violations by car drivers, pedestrians walking over red traffic lights or cyclists on their way beyond the designated routes. VW project manager Helge Neuner told NDR that the research team has already learned a lot from this. VW Vice Director for Autonomous Driving Alexander Hitzinger…

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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.

Tel: +49 40 428413557

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