Karlsruhe, DE is preparing

The German city of Karlsruhe is no stranger to science and technology innovation. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has produced the likes of Karl Benz, Karl Braun and Heinrich Hertz. This legacy, and the city’s high tech manufacturing economy (which includes companies like Siemens and Bosch), make it an ideal location for Germany’s largest urban AV test zone.

Planning for Testfeld Autonomes Fahren (“Test Area Autonomous Driving”), funded by a €2.5 million grant from the state of Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport. With a special interest in supporting R&D by small and medium-sized businesses, the project envisions a network of zones including the Oststadt district of Karlsruhe, the city’s rail station, KIT’s three campuses, and sections of roadway linking the city with Stuttgart and Heilbronn. The project is led by KIT’s FZI Research Center for Information Technology, in partnership with the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV), and will run for five years.

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