DLR: Test field for autonomous driving analyzes car traffic

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has put a new test field for connected and autonomous driving into operation in Lower Saxony. To date, 71 masts have been erected on Autobahn 39 between the Wolfsburg-Königslutter intersection and Cremlingen, which anonymously recorded road users and all other objects in the traffic area, announced the DLR on January 8, 2020 in Braunschweig, The data provided the scientists with information about "what future assistance and automation systems will have to do",

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According to the DLR, the masts can communicate with each other and with appropriately equipped vehicles for the tests. In addition, there are mobile masts that also enable tests off the highway. This enables the analysis and support of automated driving maneuvers at different locations and on different road types. In the long term, the test field should cover 280 kilometers on the A2, A39, A391 motorways and on several federal and rural roads.

VW is also testing car WiFi

The nearby Wolfsburg-based automobile group Volkswagen wants to use the seven-kilometer test field to to be able to improve the software for automated driving, No personal data would be collected from the vehicles, only trajectories that reflected their movement.

In addition to the acquisition technology, the pWLAN technology was installed for development purposes. This enables vehicles to communicate directly with each other and with the transport infrastructure. VW has already installed the technology in the new Golf and plans to do this for the all-electric ID.31. At European level, Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had rejected the use of WLAN technology against Volkswagen's resistance.

In addition to Volkswagen, Continental AG, Wolfsburg AG, IAV GmbH, OECON GmbH, ADAC Niedersachsen / Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., NordSys GmbH and Siemens AG also use measurement data on the route on the A39.

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