Automated Drivingin the City
15 partners from the automobile and automotive supplier industry have 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 Energy, they are collaborating on research into new, automated driving functions for the city.
The automation of vehicles has the potential to increase safety and comfort – in particular, in situations which make high demands on the driver. Improved efficiency in traffic flow and a reduction in the number of traffic jams are other objectives that automated vehicles can help to achieve.
Previous research and development activities examining automated driving primarily concentrated on areas with good infrastructure, such as motorways and other types of dual carriageways.
The @CITY project has 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 testing them in conditions close to reality. A particular focus is being directed at auto-mated driving when bottlenecks occur, driving through complex intersections and roundabouts, and the way the automated system interacts with pedestrians and cyclists.