Fourth Transport Industry Conference Baden-Württemberg/Zurich Visits the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg

Swiss Canton of Zurich and the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg meet in Karlsruhe / Visit of the Test Area Autonomous Driving / Presentation of recent research on intelligent mobility

In the afternoon of March 29, 2019, the participants of the fourth transport industry conference Baden-Württemberg/Zurich visited the FZI Research Center for Information and the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe. Upon the invitation of the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann, the guests gained insights into the latest mobility research and projects of the FZI in the framework of the funding programme "Smart Mobility". The Canton of Zurich's Minister of Economic Affairs, Government Councillor Carmen Walker Späh, the Swiss ambassador in Germany Dr. Paul R. Seger as well as the Swiss Consul General Ernst Steinmann were amongst them.
Dr. Alexander Viehl, division manager of the FZI, welcomed the participants at the FZI House of Living Labs, before the FZI-researcher Christian Hubschneider talked about the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg and Florian Kuhnt spoke about the project "EVA-Shuttle". Subsequently, the autonomous vehicles, used in research, and mobility projects of the FZI were presented to the guests, about which they were able inform themselves specifically.

With buses of the Karlsruhe Transport Company (VBK), sections of the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württmberg were visited subsequently. The correlation between theory and the practical application were illustrated and the future of mobility was presented there and during the ride. Special attention was given to a tram stop on the test track. In the future, EVA-Shuttles will be tested there in the project of the same name that shall constitute a solution for the last mile from the bus station to the house as electrical, networked and autonomously driving mini buses.
The conference was concluded by the visit of a junction, equipped by the test area consortium with intelligent infrastructure like cameras and sensors.