Last year, the DLR installed the data collection technology along the stretch of road, with which all vehicle positions are precisely measured in order to record all traffic events. Volkswagen will use the information to improve assisted driving software. The testing area is an open research and development platform that offers a unique combination of different testing options, such as the simulation of various traffic flows. Dr. Frank Welsch, Chief Development Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, emphasises the importance of the test track: “In order to research assisted driving, data from standard daily traffic is absolutely necessary. The Lower Saxony testing area allows us not only to collect such data in a completely real-world environment, but also to expand on it using simulations.”
Different testing options
The data will be collected along the stretch of road in an anonymised fashion, such that only so-called trajectories can be evaluated and no data specific to individual vehicles is collected such as license plates or the driver’s face. Trajectories are the straight lines and curves that describe the vehicle movements only. Beyond the data collection technology, pWLAN technology has also been installed for development purposes. It enables the direct communication between vehicles and with the traffic infrastructure. This so-called Car2X technology is already standard equipment on the new Golf and will be used in future on the ID.3.
Starting signal for “Testfeld Niedersachsen” (Lower Saxony Testing Area)
The Lower Saxony Testing Area opened officially today. Guests included the Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation of Lower Saxony and Deputy Minister-President Bernd Althusmann, the Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Björn Thümler, and the member of German Parliament Thomas Jarzombek who serves as the federal government’s coordinator for German Aerospace and Digitalisation.
The DLR project is financed by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation of Lower Saxony, as well as the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. Along with Volkswagen, the measurement data from the stretch of the A39 motorway will also be used by Continental AG, Wolfsburg AG, IAV GmbH, OECON GmbH, ADAC Niedersachsen/Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., NordSys GmbH and Siemens AG.