Test Areas

All components and applications developed in the UR:BAN project “Networked Traffic System” will be tested and demonstrated in the Dusseldorf test area. In cooperation with the city of Dusseldorf, a key intersection for traffic will be identified as a “smart intersection,” and interactions with public transport, pedestrians, and cyclists will be demonstrated.

The Braunschweig testing center will provide a base for development and test of applications in the sub-project “Smart Intersection.” Extensive field tests in an environment that is secured both from a technological and a traffic point of view are needed. The corresponding requirements will be provided by the AIM research institute of the German aeronautics organization DLR.

The Kassel testing center offers a useful development and testing environment for the “Urban Roads” sub-project, with infrastructure equipment that is quite distinct from that of the Dusseldorf test area. The Kassel testing center will contribute to ensuring complete transferability of infrastructure developments to new municipalities. It will also serve as a building block for the reference architectures to be developed in the sub-project “Cooperative Infrastructure.”

Whereas traffic signal controllers in Dusseldorf operate on a fixed schedule (depending on time of day), the controllers in Kassel use adaptive, demand responsive algorithms. The only difference is an impact on infrastructure prediction algorithms for switching times. These two approaches cover about 80% of the traffic controllers used in Germany.