Volkswagen collects data from road users to improve AD software

Data on the different types of Autobahn users will be collected by cameras

Published: January 12, 2020, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 17, 2021, 3:44 PM

Volkswagen autobahn test

Volkswagen is gaining a better understanding on road behaviour in order to improve software for automated driving, by collecting traffic patterns along a7-km stretch of autobahn.

The stretch of test road is the A39, running between Wolfsburg and Cremlingen, where data on the different types of road users will be collected in an anonymous fashion by cameras, under the auspices of the German Aerospace Centre.

The cameras will not capture data specific to individual vehicles, such as license plates or drivers’ faces, but will be watching for vehicle positioning and trajectories. It will also collect interaction between vehicles and infrastructure, using V2X technology on an installed Public Wireless Local Area Network (PWLAN).

“In order to research assisted driving, data from standard daily traffic is absolutely necessary,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, Chief Development Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “The Lower Saxony testing area allows us not only to collect such data in a completely real-world environment, but also to expand on it using simulations.”

The company did not state the time-period over which the data collection, called Testfeld Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony Testing Area), would run.

The project is financed by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation of Lower Saxony, as well as the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. The data collected will also be used by Continental AG, Wolfsburg AG, IAV GmbH, OECON GmbH, ADAC Niedersachsen/Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., NordSys GmbH and Siemens AG.