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.

Extension of the TAVF towards the Port of Hamburg

For ports as a major goods hub for Germany as an export nation, intact and efficient transport infrastructures are essential. This applies in particular to the road network, which has to serve an ever-increasing demand. Construction measures have only a limited possibility to increase the capacity of roads, as they are usually time-consuming and an expansion of traffic areas is often in conflict with other land uses. In contrast, digitalisation focuses on operational and organisational measures to improve the flow of traffic on roads.


As part of a cooperation between the Hamburg test track for automated and connected driving (TAVF) and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), the inner-city TAVF test track is being extended towards the Port of…

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Copyright: Hamburg Port Authority / Andreas Schmidt-Wiethoff

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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