Dresden: corridor for autonomous driving

Dresden: corridor for autonomous driving

From autumn 2018, networked and highly automated cars are traveling in the nearby dresden airport for experiments. The wilschdorfer landstrab is currently exhausted with roadside units (rsu). Over the small box, information between traffic lights and cars can be exchanged. The state capital is one of seven test regions nationwide, in which research institutions and companies explore driving with highly automated cars. One year after the cabinet resolution on the automotive of the future, it starts now.

"From autumn, the first two to three test corridors should be in operation and the first test drives will be carried out," said prof. Matthias klingner, head of the fraunhofer institute for traffic and infrastructure systems, which is involved in. Two corridors – including one in the dresden north at the airport as well as another in the south in the city center – were currently expired. The country wants to give over various topfe around 11.6 million euros for the networked and automated driving. In the end, it should be several test corridors.

The whole is a coarse project: according to sachsian energy agency (saena) in about 10 projects around 40 partners from the sachsische economy, science and administration are active. "What we do is already a kind of pioneering work," said yvonne jahne from the saena. The many different project partners had never sat in such a topic at a table before. Volkswagen in dresden also works on it. "Volkswagen dresden asks to be active in the field of automated driving," carsten krebs said, spokesman for the glass manufactory of vw in dresden.

Nationwide is tested in addition to dresden the automated driving in berlin, braunschweig, hamburg, dusseldorf and ingolstadt. "The germans are not very sudden in comparison with americans and chinese with their test corridors," said hubertus bardt, business administration at the institute of german economics (iw) koln. But they are not completely cold.

The special feature of dresden opposite other test regions in germany is that the researchers consider the interplay of highly automated moving cars in complex traffic situations in the domestic sector. An example: where wife a highly automated car that turns a bus from the stop bay and wants to get back in city traffic? In dresden, something should be explored.

The test corridors are erupted with roadside units (rsu), not only, and that’s the special in dresden, contacting cars, but can also provide their own picture of the locational traffic situation. On this basis, you can then deliver driving recommendations to the highly automated vehicles. This can be for example that the rsu recommends a lane change or optimal speed.

In the end, the tests should drove that the traffic is safer, faster and less environmentally harmful. In the best case, a fleet acts highly automated traveling vehicles later than a birdwarm in the sky, explained prof. Clinger. Although every car individually ride, the swarm moves efficiently and harmoniously in the end in the end.

And also economically, this results in a rough chance: "the work in the test region dresden for automated and networked driving is a chance for saxony and the supplier industry," said yahne from the saena. This developed new technologies and created workplaces. But until cars actually drive autonomously, it was allowed to take some time. Because the challenges for autonomous cars in city traffic are very complex. "That you drive completely autonomously in ten years, i do not believe," said prof. Jurgen crimmling from the technical university of dresden.

Similarly, the prof. Clinger. But he ames that in the next three or four years, for example, the first autonomous shuttle buses are available on individual routes. "Currently the safety of autonomous vehicles is miles away from the safety of a human driver. There are still worlds in between, "he said.