Automated driving (level 4) in urban space
Since the beginning of 2019, Volkswagen Group Research is testing fully automated driving on public roads on the Hamburg test track for automated and connected driving. In addition to technical feasibility, the tests with several specially equipped e-Golf cars also focus on the requirements of the urban infrastructure. For safety reasons, a specially trained driver sits at the wheel during the regular test drives, continuously checking all driving functions and intervening in an emergency. The results of the test drives, which are continuously evaluated, are incorporated into the Group's numerous research projects on autonomous driving, optimizing private transport and testing customer-oriented services.
The initiative is part of the strategic mobility partnership between Volkswagen AG and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
01/2019 - 06/2019
Traffic light based optimizations
Neusoft's field tests focus on the interaction between vehicles and light signal systems via V2X radio technology according to the IEEE 802.11p standard. The investigations are based on three different areas:
- Analysis of the V2I radio range under different weather conditions by continuous measurements in the field (Ongoing)
- Implementation of an optimal speed recommendation for the driver, so that traffic lights in front can be passed when green (In preparation)
- Influencing the start/stop logic of vehicles to avoid unnecessary engine shutdowns and resulting starting delays (In preparation)
01/2019 - 12/2019
Urban Mobility Lab @ HAW Hamburg
The development of sensors and methods for the localization of vehicles without a valid navigation satellite signal is one main goals of the work done in the Urban Mobility Lab @ HAW Hamburg. To obtain a valid position and orientation information of a vehicle, novel sensors and cameras are combined with high precision environmental models and simulations. Our solutions provide advantages both for Urban-Canyons and for Indoor-Navigation. On top of environmental sensor systems, we support the project with several years of experience in the development and application of embedded systems for mobile data acquisition (mobile IoT) and in environmental measurement systems for acoustic signals. We support the TAVF by systematic analysis of the communication infrastructure during setup and operation.
2019 – 2020 (extension planned)
PedelACC makes small electric vehicles safer and more integrated into smart cities. It adds user value features targeting European cities, starting with the city of Hamburg. PedelACC is a portmanteau created from “Pedelec” (Pedal electric cycle) and “ACC” (Adaptive Cruise Control). Pedelec is a bicycle where the rider's pedaling is assisted by a small electric motor. ACC is normally referring to automated distance control for vehicles, but here referring to the assistance system “GLOSA” (Green Light Optimized Speed Advise). The goal is to support Vulnerable Road Users via V2X technology. Major Use Cases are VRU protection, GLOSA for bicycles & scooters, green light prioritization at traffic lights, collision warning, multi-mode Pedelecs, etc. This will be reached by incorporating security and V2X (V2V, V2I) communication electronics into small electric vehicles. The PedelACC V2X technology will be interoperable with vehicles supporting ETSI ITS G5.
04/2019 – 12/2020
Collision Warning for vulnerable road users based on 5G technology
The goal is to increase safety for all road users via connected collision warning. The focus is on cyclists, pedestrians and e-scooter drivers as well as vehicles (cars, L4 Shuttle buses, etc.). MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) should be used as part of the 5G strategy. The calculated information will be distributed to the appropriated road users.
02/2020 – 12/2021
Automated and connected driving with 4D LiDAR technology
For more than 20 years, Ibeo has been the Hamburg-based specialist in the field of environment detection using laser scanners, LiDAR for short (acronym for Light Detection And Ranging). As a global technology leader in this field, Ibeo has been actively conducting research and development of automated and connected driving for many years. This progress involves numerous test kilometers of autonomous driving with modified series vehicles on public roads. At all times, there is a specially trained safety driver on board. The TAVF in Hamburg, cooperating closely with the City of Hamburg and the test field partners, offers excellent conditions for the further development of the systems in urban traffic.
End of 2019 - 12/2020