Germany’s Capital Region – one big test field
With more than 20 million traffic movements every day on the roads and rails, on water and in the air, the capital region presents a challenging environment for innovative and inter/intramodal solutions. The region has developed into one of Europe’s largest areas for tests and applications in transport telematics.
Home to a varied mix of larger metropolitan areas and smaller rural districts, long distances have to be covered in Brandenburg. This presents a unique opportunity for the integrated development of innovative transport telematics. Innovative projects are already benefiting from this – autonomous buses, intelligent domestic shipping and test fields for drones just to mention a few. Berlin-Brandenburg is well prepared for intelligent mobility.
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DIGITIALISING THE WATERWAYS
Digitalisation and new technologies mean new processes and applications. To make inland shipping a more appealing competitor in goods transport, it’s essential that these are tried and tested in real operations.
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the AutonomSOW project is investigating the data basis for automated and autonomous operations on the Spree-Oder-Waterway. Two follow-up projects developed from this plausibility study.
AutonomSOW II focuses on the use of networked driving to increase the efficiency of transport operations on waterways. Thanks to increased transparency and predictability, it should be easier to integrate waterway transport operations into multimodal transport processes. AutonomSOW II started on 01.11.2020 and is funded by the BMVI with 1.5 million euros.
The second project aims to establish a “digital test field” on the Spree-Oder-Waterway. Automated and autonomous driving, remote control, communication, and test field infrastructure are all part of the proposal. It also plans to develop concepts for city logistics with small, autonomous shipping units. A decision regarding the project’s funding is expected in the first quarter of 2021.