On August 15, 2012 a member of the german government visited us to have her first autonomous ride. The summer tour of Dr. Annette Schavan (Federal Minister of Education and Research) focuses on innovation. " I want to get an exact picture in different regions of Germany, of contributions which science and research make to solving important questions for the future..", Mrs Schavan summarized.
Researchers from the Free University of Berlin traveled 80 Km in total as passengers during a test drive of their autonomous car “MadeInGermany” made over the weekend. The car is driven by computers -- the safety driver behind the steering wheel monitors only the car’s behavior. The autonomous car is a conventional VW Passat modified for “drive by wire”. Electronic commands from the computer are handed over directly to the accelerator, the brakes and the steering wheel of the vehicle.
Wissenschaftler der Freien Universität Berlin präsentieren erstmals die Fahrten ihres autonomen Autos MadeInGermany im öffentlichen Straßenverkehr der Hauptstadt. Das von unsern Forschern modifizierte Fahrzeug eines deutschen Automobilkonzerns erkennt seine Umgebung mithilfe spezieller Sensoren und kann damit jedes Ziel in der Stadt selbstständig ansteuern.
Our testing team was accompanied by the Discovery Channel when we had our first autonomous driving session on the Autobahn. It was presented in the "Daily Planet's" opening show for 2011. You can watch the video here.
AutoNOMOS Labs finally received an exceptional permission to test autonomous functions in real traffic situations. The matured safety concept which we developed with the support of TÜV NORD and our new sponsor HDI Gerling Industry Insurances includes a safety driver (acting as a “driving teacher”) and a copilot who both can take control of the car in situations which seem too risky for autonomous driving. In a step-by-step process we are now going to apply the functions we have been testing on our testing grounds of Tempelhof Airport over the last 4 years to the roads of Berlin. We are looking forward to presenting a completely autonomous trip through the city center of Berlin in August. Media representatives are invited to register via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, pictures and interviews will be provided when the date is fixed. Until then our researchers will concentrate on scientific progress.