Berlin, DE is piloting AVs
In 2018, this once-divided city celebrated a unique historic milestone: on February 5th, the Berlin Wall had been gone longer than it had stood: some 28 years. This year Berlin will begin a three-year project transforming the 6.3 km Diplomatic Route from Ernst Reuter Platz to the Brandenburg Gate into the country’s first urban test bed for autonomous vehicles.
The DIGINET-PS project will tap no fewer than three city agencies, making it one of the most multifaceted in the world in terms of intra-governmental coordination: Berlin Partner Network (an economic development organization focused on technology and innovation), the city’s public transport agency, and the city’s department of environment, transport, and climate protection. The project has secured over 5 million euros in funding and special permission from the German national government to allow public tests of autonomous cars.
Several tests of AVs on private streets and campuses have already taken place in Berlin since 2016, utilizing driverless shuttles made by Local Motors and EasyMile.