Real-world laboratory for Automated Bus operation in public transport in urban and rural areas


Public transport in Baden-Württemberg becomes autonomous

As part of the "Real-world laboratory for Automated Bus operation in public transport in urban and rural areas" project, the use of large, fully automated buses is being scientifically researched and tested in real life.

Picture: RABus | ZF Friedrichshafen AG

The development, implementation and testing of economical and reliable operation with fully automated vehicles is of great relevance for the future of public transport. With this technology, the introduction of an attractive, affordable and environmentally friendly 24-hour, door-to-door bus shuttle service can be offered in the country.

As a result, the project will include an assessment of nationwide transferability and the development of recommendations for technical implementation and operational reliability and cost-effectiveness. In addition, legal issues and traffic effects of the state-wide use of a largely driverless bus shuttle service at "normal" speeds will be taken into account.

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport is funding the project with 14 million euros.