Hamburg's inner-city test track for automated and networked driving (TAVF) has its first user: Volkswagen. For the first time, Volkswagen Group Research will test automated driving up to Level 4 with five e-Golfs, equipped with laser scanners, cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radars, on a section of the track under real urban traffic conditions. This will provide important insights into the requirements for the future infrastructure and the effects of automated driving on the city. According to Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, automated driving will be of great importance at the 2021 World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Hamburg. There, the nine-kilometer test track will also be used to present the latest technological developments. Hamburg is to serve as a model city for intelligent mobility and present numerous innovative mobility projects. The head of Volkswagen Group Research, Axel Heinrich, announced that the project will focus on both the technical possibilities and the requirements of the urban infrastructure. The goal is to make driving even safer and more comfortable in the future, and cities must also offer a digital ecosystem with intercommunicating traffic lights and traffic guidance systems. In addition to Volkswagen, other interested parties from industry and science are also cordially invited to test applications on the test track, which is open to manufacturers and users.
Full press release by the City of Hamburg:
Full press release by Volkswagen including images and video material: