Federal State Supports Research on Automated and Interconnected Driving

“Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg” receives further EUR 300,000 for scientific accompanying and impact research

The “Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW)” is supported by the Federal State with further subsidies. The consortium that manages these research activities has received a notification of the funding decision amounting to EUR 300.000 for research on automated and interconnected driving with a focus on traffic impacts. The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and e-mobil BW, the State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive Baden-Württemberg, are participating in this. On February 23, 2019, the Ministry of Transport announced that the accompanying research in the project “bwirkt” will continue until the end of 2021, in Stuttgart.

The main objective of the project is to examine the current applications and projects in the test area. The aim is to identify which technological, social, legal and especially traffic impacts are to be determined and evaluated. Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann, member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg (MdL), stated: “Automation is no end in itself for us, it is therefore appropriate to specifically examine the traffic impacts of autonomous driving. Our aim is to increase traffic safety and efficiency, but also to improve climate protection!”

Accompanying and impact research is an important instrument, in order to further develop the test area. The objective is to evaluate which traffic aspects can be examined in what quality on the test area. “We will receive a sort of a quality attribute of the test area in terms of traffic, in order to be able to evaluate its operation purposes,” explained the Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann.

The accompanying research “bwirkt” examines, by means of the test projects in the TAF BW, the effects of automated and interconnected driving on the demand of transport and traffic flow. We thus want to find out which consequences it has both for people’s traffic behaviour and road traffic when more and more autonomous driving vehicles are used in order to estimate the development in the future and to be able to react,” says Martin Kagerbauer from the Institute for Transport Studies (IfV), who manages the project on the part of KIT.

Meanwhile, five research projects of the research funding programme “Smart Mobility” of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry of Transport started with a volume of approximately EUR 2.5 million altogether, which will use the test area. In addition, there will also be the Local Public Transport Services (ÖPNV) project “EVA-Shuttle”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with about EUR 2.5 million. The project is managed by the FZI Research Center for Information Technology together with the project partners Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, TÜV Süd Auto Service GmbH and Deutsche Bahn AG. Moreover, the project is accompanied by its associated partners INIT GmbH, the City of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Transport Authority/Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft.

Further information about autonomous driving can be found here and via the test area on the Internet at www.taf-bw.de.

Further information about the research programme “Smart Mobility” can be found here.