Today the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer and Hamburg's Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation Michael Westhagemann visited the test track for Automated and Connected Driving in Hamburg. During a trip on Hamburg's test track, both informed themselves about projects of automated and connected driving. Dr. Axel Heinrich, Head of Group Innovation at Volkswagen AG, reported on the test drives with e-Golf test vehicles since March. Lars Reger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of semiconductor manufacturer NXP Semiconductors with its plant in Hamburg-Lokstedt, presented a pilot project for bicycle traffic in which an electric load wheel from the Hamburg start-up XYZ Cargo communicates with the test track traffic lights. Both are users of the test track alongside the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) and Neusoft Automotives. The test track is one of about 70 current projects of the Senate Strategy for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and is funded by the federal government with about 10.7 million euros. Currently, 10 traffic light systems are equipped with the ITS-G5 based communication unit and are in operation.
Complete press release of the city of Hamburg:
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