Dekra city courses at the Lausitzring to test automated and networked vehicles. Photo: Union of Authors / Dekra
Dekra has completed cycles in the city testing automated and networked vehicles at the Lausitzring. Some 80,000 square meters of multi-use asphalt has been installed on the former spectator parking spaces. The system includes walkways, large spaces, transit areas, and much more. Among other things, about 300 meters of tram lines have been laid.
With flexible signs, mobile infrastructure and the possibility of simulating peripheral development, the most diverse scenarios of intercity and intercity traffic can be simulated there. In so-called swarm tests, up to twelve moving objects must be used near the test vehicle. They can represent a variety of other vehicles, as well as infantry, and can be controlled with millimeter precision.
The design of the city courses in Kletwitz, Brandenburg, is planned in a joint working group with car manufacturers, suppliers and research institutions under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure in Dresden. The basis was an assessment of domestic and suburban accidents in Germany from 2013 to 2019.
Five years after taking over the Lausitzring, the German Motor Vehicle Control Association completed the expansion it had announced at the time. A test center dedicated to automotive systems and stationary batteries is already being planned. It is supposed to start operating at full capacity by the end of next year. (AWM)