Germany’s Transport Ministry is preparing a section of the country’s famous autobahns as a testing ground for self-driven vehicles.
While carmakers have been busy developing autonomous technology over recent years, it appears Germany believes roads and infrastructure should be the next focus.
Speaking with Bloomberg, Ministry spokesman Ingo Strater said government authorities are ready to get behind autonomous technology as it progresses.
“The German auto industry has recognised that this field is developing,” Mr Strater said. “We want to support that.”
A section of the A9 autobahn connecting Munich with Berlin has been chosen for the trial, but German authorities are yet to reveal all particulars on the project.
Also unclear is whether the chosen section is governed exclusively by a mandatory speed limit, or if any ‘open’ speed limit sections have been included.
The A9 will receive new communication technologies to enable cars and infrastructure to ‘talk’ to each other (v2v, v2i), with a view to improving road safety and traffic congestion.
Sensors and measuring systems will undergo testing at first, with autonomous cars set to hit the roadway before the end of the year.