Automated driving tested in urban environment

August 25, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Gradually, the various aspects of automated driving are investigated, optimized and then, eventually turned into reality. A current research project in Düsseldorf (Germany) is focusing on one specific aspect: Connecting cars and feed these data directly into the computer that controls the vehicle’s movement. The trial is taking place in a real-world traffic environment.

Within the KoMoDo research project, a number of partially automated vehicles will be tested in an area in and around Düsseldorf, the capital of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The goal is to test various functions of connected and automated driving under real conditions. The test vehicles are to receive information on traffic redirects, etc. directly on the navigation system, or also to report information on the traffic flow, and thus, to identify alternative routes for other drivers. Speed limits or information from traffic lights are fed directly into the longitudinal control of the automated vehicles.

As part of this project, the automotive research institute IKA of the University of Aachen and telecom operator Vodafone are developing a function for automated valet parking. In the future, drivers can simply park their vehicle in the handover area in front of the Vodafone car park and start the parking procedure by means of an app on their smartphone. The back-end has information from sensors that monitor the occupancy status of the parking lots and assign a free parking space. The vehicle then drives automatically into the car park (also over several levels) and parks on the intended lot. Also via the app, the driver can launch the parking procedure at an early stage so that he can pick up his vehicle in the transfer zone.


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