The German Aerospace Center has officially launched self-driving road testing in lower Saxony, Germany, to develop and optimize autonomous and connected driving, the German Aerospace Center said in a statement. The test roads, which include several different levels of roads in Lower Saxony, will be phased into testing and are expected to be completed with a total length of more than 280 km.
Currently, 71 fixed sensing piles have been installed on one section of the A39, allowing anonymous tracking of traffic participants and other targets in the road, as well as exchanging data with cars with specific technical equipment.
In addition, the researchers prepared motion sensing piles to analyze driving behavior at different locations and on different types of roads. The test sections are also equipped with high-definition maps and can simulate traffic conditions throughout the road.
According to reports, the self-driving test section will be positioned as an open research and development platform, the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Transportation Systems Technology researchers will use the test to collect data to further study traffic congestion, emergency road conditions and overtaking traffic conditions.
Carsten Lemmel, a board member of the German Aerospace Center’s energy and transportation board, said at the launch ceremony that the significance of the self-driving test section is that it allows the center to put into practice the technological advantages of autonomous and connected driving. The center will use the results of testing to provide a better decision-making base for transportation transformation, so that the future of transportation more smooth and energy-efficient.