Citizens joined in the discussion: What will the mobility of tomorrow look like?
On November 13, 2021, interested citizens had the opportunity to find out about the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg in both Karlsruhe and Heilbronn. Mobility concepts related to autonomous driving in everyday traffic are already being tested there today. Arousing curiosity, informing and also allaying fears of autonomous driving were the focus of this event.
Research activities and key technologies as well as initial results and challenges on the road to autonomous driving were lively discussed with the visitors - also in the context of a panel discussion on sustainable mobility in the city of tomorrow, in which State Secretary Elke Zimmer from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport took part, among others. Participants were also able to find out about a wide variety of innovative transport concepts and technologies and marvel at demonstrators already in use on the test field in the outdoor area. At the end of both events, everyone agreed: the mobility of tomorrow is already closer than many think!
Even after the event, it is possible to watch the lectures and panel discussions on YouTube.
About the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg
At the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW), companies and research institutions can test future-oriented technologies and services related to connected and automated driving in everyday road traffic, such as automated driving of cars, buses or commercial vehicles like street cleaning or delivery services. In addition, the regulatory and legal framework conditions can be evaluated and updated. For this purpose, during the set-up phase, traffic areas of various types were prepared, highly accurate 3D maps were generated and sensors and computers for real-time recording of traffic and its influencing factors as well as communication units were installed. The legal, organisational and insurance framework for the operation of the infrastructure and potential applications of autonomous mobility was also created.
The consortium consists of the cities of Karlsruhe, Bruchsal and Heilbronn as well as the research institutions FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (Die HKA), the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB and Heilbronn University. The development of the test area is supported by a large number of partners from industry and science in Baden-Württemberg. The operation with security control centre, IT administration, sales, accounting and controlling is made possible by the Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) as an external and neutral operating company.