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Open Application Laboratory

With the test track, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is creating a user-independent and technology-neutral application laboratory on which vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and research institutions can test innovative mobility services free of charge in real traffic on public roads. Together, the requirements for the digital infrastructure for automated and connected driving are to be defined and future mobility solutions are to be tested. The intelligent infrastructure and associated services will be successively expanded for this purpose by the City of Hamburg and are therefore subject to continuous testing, adaptation and change. In no case the services provided on the test track replace the existing legal traffic signs and traffic regulations.



Interested companies and research institutions can contact the TAVF coordination centre at any time. The submitted use cases are then outlined in more detail and made comparable by use of a special questionnaire.
For the selection of possible test track activities, the TAVF coordination centre together with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg takes the following criteria into account:

  • the innovative value of the proposed use cases
  • their benefits for traffic control, traffic flow improvement, air quality and increased traffic safety
  • technical requirements and general conditions of the use cases
  • Data protection-relevant requirements and general conditions of the use cases



  • Outline planned trials within the test track for the public
  • Submit a data protection concept if personal data are collected
  • Provide continuous feedback to the TAVF coordination centre
  • Inform about upcoming PR activities on TAVF activities
  • Participate in the exchange of experiences with other users
  • Inform about publications of results


  • Ensure free use of the test track and its communication infrastructure
  • Provide continuous support from the TAVF coordination centre
  • Distribute certificates for secure and authenticated data exchange within the communication infrastructure (PKI)
  • Designation of users as official TAVF users on the TAVF website and other publications
  • Coordinate new requirements for the infrastructure and further upgrades with the users  
  • Actively support the acquisition of additional funding where necessary

Become a user now!

Please fill in the contact form as comprehensively as possible and send it to the TAVF coordination centre. Your enquiry is completely non-binding and should only be the basis for discussions on possible joint activities on the test track. We will do our best to process your request as quickly as possible and to talk to you personally.



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Questions & Answers

A: The Hamburg test track is located in the city centre and runs along heavily loaded city streets, including main and district roads. It therefore offers particularly complex framework conditions for the testing of automated driving functions, safety assistance systems and environmental sensors, such as

  • a high percentage of mixed traffic, e.g. individual traffic, public transport, freight traffic, pedestrians and cycle traffic
  • heterogeneous and difficult environmental conditions for transmission technologies, e.g. by S-Bahn overpasses in intersections, high-rise buildings, avenues or an inner-city bascule bridge.

A: Interested companies and research institutions can contact the TAVF coordination centre at any time. Since the test track is to be operated beyond 2020 for a longer period of time, there is currently no deadline for registration and the number of users is not limited.

A: The TAVF coordination centre and the other TAVF partners organize so-called user group meetings as telephone conferences or physical workshops in Hamburg. In principle, the participation of other stakeholder is possible, too. In addition, further planned services and developments are presented to an expert audience and the interested public at special information events organized by the City of Hamburg. Please contact the coordination centre to be informed about next events.

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