Mega sites

GERMANY

Level 4/5 operation in complex scenarios & combined urban and peri-urban Environments 

PARTNERS

  • Germany Mega Site leader: DLR Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
  • FEV Europe GmbH, e.GO Mobile AG
  • City of Aachen, ASEAG – Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs AG
  • T-systems International GmbH
  • ERICSSON AB
  • FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
  • RNV – Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH
  • Additional partners (LOI): VBK – Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH, City of Karlsruhe, City of Mannheim

LOCATION

The mega site Germany includes three cities: Aachen, Karlsruhe, and Mannheim. The test area setup in Karlsruhe (Population of 310,000) is located in the city centre. Karlsruhe is a regional centre with a big share of commuter traffic. The demo in Mannheim will take place in Franklin, a suburban area in the peri-urban space of Mannheim (Population of 305,000). The city of Aachen (Population of 243,000) can be characterized as both a science hub with the RWTH Aachen and several other universities of applied science. 

OVERVIEW

The demos in Aachen include a ring feeder as on-demand service in a campus environment, based on automated vehicles interfacing with public transport. Another focus is the demonstration of cooperative lane merging to decrease energy consumption. The demos will deploy three passenger cars of differing automation levels and two e.GO Mover shuttles.

In Karlsruhe, one passenger car and two shuttles will be used. Integration with the existing operational control centre of the public transport operator will be used to demonstrate Level 5 operation in complex scenarios. Another use case in Karlsruhe includes mixed passenger – cargo transport with a dashboard integrating all types of stakeholders and a new approach with passenger and goods capsules. The demo will also include an urban platooning function between two vehicles.

In Mannheim, shuttles will operate on flexible lines and serve barrier-free stops, fully integrated into the existing public transport system. Demos using a small fleet of shuttles include an automated bus stop and self-learning DRT.

SPEED

Aachen: 30 km/h for the e.GO Mover shuttles and 50+km/h for the passenger cars
Karlsruhe: 20 km/h for the shuttles and up to 50 km/h for the cars
Mannheim: 20 km/h, due to a real speed limit in the test area

AUTOMATION LEVEL

Aachen: 3 and 4
Karlsruhe: 4/5
Mannheim: 4

USER GROUPS

The digitised management of parking spots provides solutions for commuters as well as residents. Users of the on-demand services will be primarily PT users in a multi-modal travel chain, creating more attractive feeders in areas of low coverage or PT frequency.

The provision of a new automated transport service is intended to provide an incentive to abandon the private car and make an important contribution to the change in mobility.