A test track in Berlin prepares for the future of driving
Autonomous and automated driving is an economic sector which is being ambitiously researched all over the world and is a promising field of research. The dream of leaning back, forgetting the stress of driving and leaving control to the vehicle seems to be within reach. In Germany, the DIGINET-PS research network, among others, is developing the technology and would like to ensure a more efficient transport system in Germany. This network includes universities, companies and transport companies such as:
- TU Berlin
- Fraunhofer FOKUS
- Network specialist Cisco
- Telekom subsidiary IT Systems
- Daimler Center for Automotive IT Innovations (DCAITI)
- Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
Innovations and infrastructure for an efficient transport network in Berlin
A test field in Berlin between Ernst-Reuter-Platz and the Brandenburg Gate is one of the most important projects within the context of a digitised traffic network. On the one hand, innovations in this field are to be tested and further developed here, and on the other hand an initial infrastructure is to be created which allows self-driving cars to interact with other vehicles and their surroundings. The following measures are planned so far:
- Equipping streets and traffic lights with sensors and small computers
- Smart parking assistants which inform drivers about free parking spaces and save them a long search for parking spaces
- New solutions in the area of accessibility, e.g. a university shuttle which students in wheelchairs can call by app to be transported to their destination.
Hardly any other city is as suitable for a test area of this size as Berlin's busy transport system. Here, companies can test the interaction, communication and interaction of their technologies and software with other, especially human, road users. At the same time, city dwellers reduce their inhibition thresholds; they are understandably sceptical about self-driving vehicles and a digitised traffic network.
Development of an important and promising economic sector
The success and use of such a test track also results in considerable economic progress: start-ups and medium-sized companies can try out and present their innovations and solutions and integrate them into the market. The test track is available to students, scientific staff and doctoral students for research projects. This is an extremely exciting and profitable topic which creates jobs, delivers scientific and environmental insights and is driven a decisive step forward by such a test track.