Research Projects

Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg

Real laboratory for research and innovation

Start: 10/2016

End: 12/2021

The Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW) is a real-life laboratory for mobility concepts designed to promote the development of future-oriented solutions for individual and public transit. Companies and research institutions can test their technologies and services related to connected and automated driving in everyday traffic with automated cars, buses or commercial vehicles like street cleaning or delivery services.

In contrast to other projects in Germany, the test field, which went into operation in May 2018, covers all types of public roads: Highway sections, state and federal roads, inner-city routes with cycling, pedestrian and tram traffic as well as speed-30 zones, residential areas and parking garages. The test field routes are located between Karlsruhe, Bruchsal, and Heilbronn.

A particular focus of the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg is local public transportation. This is because the state of Baden-Württemberg plans to significantly expand rail and bus services in the coming years as part of a public transportation initiative. The planned measures also include intensive testing of concepts with automated, driverless mobility services.

The conception, planning and expansion of the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg is being implemented by a consortium consisting of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the City of Karlsruhe, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, and the City of Bruchsal, as well as other associated partners of the test field. The test area is operated by the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV).

The FZI is the consortium leader and contributes know-how in the perception of road users in intersections, the networked infrastructure and IT data management. In addition, the existing research vehicles will also be made available to interested test area users as sensor carriers and research platforms. The issue of data protection and the legal framework are also being studied and taken into account by the FZI staff.


Christian Hubschneider​

Vice Department Manager
Division: Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering

Research focus

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics

Intelligent solutions for the transportation of people and goods represent a focus topic of FZI’s application research. Particular attention is paid to public transport, the application of artificial intelligence, the further development of driving functions and their safeguarding, and open source & open data.

Research projects on the Test Area

Some research projects use the infrastructure of the real laboratory Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg.