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Office for automated and networked driving opens

Four traffic lights already sending information to vehicles - test track presented

The “Automated and Networked Driving Test Track” project in Hamburg is gaining pace now that the fourth of 37 traffic lights on Edmund-Siemers-Allee has been equipped to send information to vehicles via WLAN. As part of its strategy for intelligent transport systems (“ITS strategy”), Hamburg plans to build a nine-kilometre test track in the city centre over the next two years. It will lead from the Dammtor railway station via the fairgrounds, Landungsbrücken, Elbphilharmonie to Rödingsmarkt – and back. An office has now been set up to which potential users, e.g. automobile manufacturers and mobility service providers, can now apply.

Efficient and safe transport

“Automated and networked driving is developing rapidly and will change traffic worldwide. That is why we as a city want to be part of this development early and gain experience in real-life operation of automated vehicles and those which will help us to shape future mobility and which will not. The goal must be to make traffic safer and more efficient,” said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation.

First discussions

Marketing will start this year and parallel to the construction of the line, which will be managed by the Landesbetrieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer and implemented by Hamburg Verkehrsanlagen GmbH. To this end, the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation has commissioned the North German mobility cluster ITS Mobility in Braunschweig. Initial discussions are already underway with potential users, i.e. automobile manufacturers, infrastructure manufacturers and suppliers as well as mobility service providers.

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About ITS

Hamburg will host the ITS World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems in 2021. The Elbe city is set to become a model of modern mobility solutions and is managing more than 30 projects including the MOIA e-shuttle service, autonomous parking at the airport via an app and intelligent traffic light assistants in the run up to the congress.

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