The high-tech company AVL has been pushing the development and optimization of driver assistance systems for many years with the aim to improve road safety. The sensor system is a key element to success. With the newly founded “ADAS/AD sensor test competence center” in Roding, Bavaria, AVL offers a standardized test field for highly developed sensors. The combination of sensor tests with algorithms in the area of artificial intelligence is outstanding. Currently, this competence center is a globally unique pilot project and an important step towards a sustainable and inclusive mobility of the future. This innovative project is also part of the “Hightech Agenda Bayern” technology offensive as well as the Automotive Cluster in Bavaria.

Particular attention is paid to camera, radar or lidar sensors in vehicles that supplement or replace human “vision” and thus support or enable the driver to take over driving functions. The requirements in this regard are diverse and range from different weather conditions to rural roads with curves, inclines and gradients to overtaking processes for agricultural vehicles.

Real autonomous bus operation as a test field application

One of the core tasks of the competence center is to compare the results obtained in the laboratory with real data recorded in road traffic. For this reason, an autonomous intercity bus operation is carried out by the competence center together with the city of Roding as a reference test field application. The region of Roding with the already existing qualified staff and the close connection to the Technologiecampus Cham of the TH Deggendorf offers ideal conditions for this.

AVL’s offer in their Roding location is supplemented by the development of software solutions from the areas of artificial intelligence as well as web and app applications. The focus of the solution is individualization and flexibility of the local public transportation offer in order to improve mobility and thus the quality of life in rural areas.