The city of Du?sseldorf has officially opened what’s being called a cutting-edge 20km (12 mile) automated and connected vehicle test track dedicated to the “advancement of connected and autonomous vehicle technology”.
Using Siemens Mobility technology, the city and Siemens say the digital test field “highlights the latest intelligent traffic technologies”, which they say is preparing the region for automated and autonomous traffic of the future.
“We are proud to be a partner with the City of Du?sseldorf on this important project, which is laying the ground work for the future of road mobility in Germany,”said Manfred Fuhg, Head of Siemens Mobility Germany. “The test track is the first of its kind in Germany and our technologies will reduce traffic congestion, enhance safety and provide more availability of mass transit as we continue to move towards vehicle autonomy,”
Siemens says the project has four key Siemens Mobility components. The Road Side Units allow for near-real-time information exchange between vehicles and infrastructure, an integrated SPAT (Signal Phase and Timing) unit forecasts green and red- light timing and transmits via RSU to vehicles. On-board units are used for vehicle-to-infrastructure communication used for public transport signal prioritisation with 16 Rheinbahn buses, which are equipped with satellite positioning to test public transport privileges such as right of way and designated lanes. The partners say that when implemented in connected vehicle traffic settings, these technologies reduce traffic congestion, help improve safety and reduce environmental impact of traffic emissions.