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Automated Driving
in the City

In September 2017, 15 partners from the automobile and automotive supplier industry joined forces with universities and research institutes to participate in the collaborative project @CITY. With the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, they collaborated on research into new, automated driving functions for the city.

The benefits that highly automated urban traffic will offer to all road users are enormous. Not only will we be able to provide everyone using the urban environment with the highest level of individual mobility; the technologies also offer the opportunity to further significantly reduce accident rates and make much more efficient use of the existing infrastructure.

The @CITY project had set itself the challenge of turning automated driving functions for the much more complex urban environment into reality for the first time in the form of prototypical test vehicles, and tested them in conditions close to reality. A particular focus was directed at automated driving when bottlenecks occur, driving through intersections and roundabouts, and the way the automated system interacts with pedestrians and cyclists.

After more than four years of interdisciplinary research, the work was successfully concluded. At the final event in June 2022, the project partners presented their results at the Aldenhoven Testing Center.




SP 1

Sensing the environment ­and situational understanding


SP 2

Digital map and localisation


SP 3

Concepts and pilot applications


SP 4



SP 5

Automated driving through urban junctions


SP 6

Automated driving on urban streets


SP 7

Interaction with vulnerable road users

New technologies, concepts and pilot applications

Automated driving functions

Project Profile

Partner: Aptiv Services Deutschland GmbH, AUDI AG, Continental Automotive GmbH, Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH, Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., MAN Truck & Bus SE, Mercedes-Benz AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Technische Universität München, Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, 3D Mapping Solutions GmbH

Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Project Coordinator: Dr. Ulrich Kreßel, Daimler AG


The initiative is divided into two project parts:


New technologies, concepts and pilot applications

September 2017–August 2021

€18.6 million

Automated driving functions

July 2018–June 2022

€26.6 million