Volkswagen Group Research is testing automated vehicles in urban traffic in Hamburg. This is the first time Volkswagen has begun to test automated driving to Level 4 at real driving conditions in a major German city. From now, a fleet of five e-Golf, equipped with laser scanners, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and radars, will drive on a 3-km (1.9-mi) section of the digital test bed for automated and connected driving in the Hanseatic city. The results of the test drives, which will be continuously evaluated while taking full account of all data protection rules, will be incorporated in the group’s research projects on automated driving and will test customer-centric services and optimize individual transport.
Axel Heinrich, Head of Volkswagen Group Research, commented, “The tests center on technical possibilities as well as urban infrastructure requirements. In order to make driving even safer and more comfortable in future, vehicles not only have to become autonomous and more intelligent—cities must also provide a digital ecosystem that enables vehicles to communicate with traffic lights and traffic management systems as well as with one another.”