Automated and connected mobility
Testing the sensor conceptTesting the sensor concept during a measurement campaign on the A39.
Technology for the test field Lower SaxonyTechnology, which is already installed at the AIM research junction, is also installed and used within the framework of the test field in Lower Saxony.
Illustration of the measurement processThe Lower Saxony Test Field is creating unique research infrastructure for the development and testing of automated and networked vehicles.
Automated and networked vehicles contribute towards relieving traffic congestion, reducing the number of accidents and increasing comfort levels during road journeys. The energy efficiency of road transport can also be improved in this way, while negative environmental impacts can be mitigated.
Open research platform
An effective and flexible test infrastructure is vital for the efficient development of automated and networked vehicles. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is establishing a test site in Lower Saxony for this purpose, together with the State of Lower Saxony, ADAC Niedersachsen/Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., Continental AG, IAV GmbH, NordSys GmbH, Oecon Products & Services GmbH, Siemens AG, Volkswagen AG and Wolfsburg AG. This open research platform offers a unique and comprehensive combination of testing options, ranging from simulations through to test routes on public roads.
In addition to offering highly accurate maps of traffic routes, the test field offers sections of motorway with state-of-the-art tracking and communications technologies. Upon completion, the test field in Lower Saxony will comprise approximately 280 kilometres on the A 2, A 7, A 39, and A 391 motorways, as well as several federal highways and state roads in the areas around Hanover, Wolfsburg, Braunschweig and Salzgitter. It integrates the established routes from the Application Platform for Intelligent Mobility (AIM), which has been fully operational since 2014 and has been deployed in Braunschweig city centre. Road tests can be conducted across Lower Saxony in a variety of traffic environments and situations.
Interurban Vehicle (IUV) – Auch auf langer Strecke nachhaltig und bequem unterwegsMit dem Interurban Vehicle (IUV) hat das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) ein zukunftsweisendes Konzept für Fahrzeuge der Mittel- und Oberklasse entwickelt. Es ist fünf Meter lang, zwei Meter breit und bietet Platz für fünf Personen. Das IUV kombiniert Brennstoffzelle, Batterie und neue Ansätze für das Energiemanagement. So soll es emissionsfreies und bequemes Fahren über lange Strecken von bis zu 1.000 Kilometern ermöglichen.
Lower Saxony Test Field officially openedThe Lower Saxony Test Field is aimed at bringing the transport of the future onto the roads. After the completion of the final construction work over recent months, automated and networked vehicles can now be tested and driving behaviour and traffic flows recorded and analysed.
Denise NüssleEditorGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)
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