Driving autonomously in Leipzig from the Messe S-Bahn station to the local BMW Group plant. This is now possible for passengers in the “ABSOLUT Shuttle”. In mid-October, the pilot operation of the innovation project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection started on the approximately seven-kilometre test route in the north of Leipzig.
It is the next milestone for the consortium behind the autonomous shuttle “ABSOLUT” – the test phase with passengers. With this, the shuttle is turning onto the home straight, towards the final development phase. For four weeks, the round 50 employees of the companies involved in the project will have the opportunity to order the vehicle via a customer app and to experience autonomous driving for themselves.
Kick-off for the integration of autonomous driving systems in public transport
The goal of the project goes beyond pure vehicle development. It is also intended to gain insights into the implementation of a corresponding control centre to monitor the automated vehicles and to communicate with the twelve traffic lights located on the test route, to integrate autonomous vehicles into local public transport in the future.
For operation on the test route, the shuttle has official DEKRA approval for a driving speed of up to 50 km/h, but a safety driver is always still on board for safety. At the same time, a control centre takes over remote monitoring.
In the ABSOLUT project, IAV took on the task of converting the VW e-Crafter into an autonomous shuttle together with Sedenius Engineering and the Technical University of Dresden. The result can be experienced from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Thursdays.
For further information, please visit: https://www.absolut-project.com