This is where concentrated know-how from science and industry comes together: The Test Field Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW) is a project of Baden-Württemberg research institutions, local authorities and the state government. The consortium develops, plans and expands the test field under the leadership of the FZI Research Centre. The Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) plays a central role as test field operator.
The heart of the operational test field beats in Karlsruhe's Oststadt. This is where the central control centre of the Karlsruhe Verkehrsverbund is located, where all data converge in real time. Control center employees coordinate the runs and applications of the test field users and react to the operational sequence. In the future, this will also apply to their own public transport applications, such as autonomous mini buses.
As consortium leader, FZI coordinates the cooperation of all project partners and contributes expertise in IT data management and data protection. The system for the intelligent recording of vehicle movements at intersections also comes from FZI. In addition, interested test field users can use the FZI research vehicles as sensor supports and research platforms.
The City of Karlsruhe is supporting the project with special equipment for traffic light systems, personnel resources and the expansion of the free Internet service KA-Wifi. As co-partner of the KVV, it also ensures the operation of the test field.
KIT scientists are involved in the planning and construction of the test field. They develop basics for traffic flow models and provide test facilities. KIT is also responsible for setting up a mobile control station and providing office space and workshops for test field users. Especially in its centre for mobility systems.
The university integrates sensor and video technology to record traffic flows, weather conditions and road conditions and combines the collected data in an information system in real-time.
Fraunhofer IOSB conducts research on new mobility systems and provides important input for data secure recording of traffic events. In the future, it will offer a portal for interactive information for citizens with the following information: installed and planned sensors, test field route and real-time information on the condition of the road surface.
Bruchsal is involved in the test field project in a variety of ways: with the e-carsharing system zeozweifrei® on the move, the efeuCampus innovation centre for experimental urban logistics and attractive test sections - including a baroque Bruchsal Castle passage.
The Heilbronn University is responsible for the development and design of intelligent sensor systems for environmental assessment and algorithmic situation analyses. Together with the city of Heilbronn, it is responsible for integrating the access road to the Federal Horticultural Show 2019 into the Heilbronn section. This opens up new possibilities for investigating urban mobility concepts.
Like the municipalities of Bruchsal and Karlsruhe, the city of Heilbronn is equipping its traffic lights with state-of-the-art technology - an elementary prerequisite for the installation of additional sensors and communication hardware. In addition, it supports the project in administrative, legal and transport policy terms.