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Corridor for New Mobility Aachen – Düsseldorf

Demands on infrastructure increase with the degree of automation. Infrastructure initially has a supporting function, but is increasingly becoming a necessary prerequisite. This is particularly true with regard to fully automated or autonomous driving in complex environments. Some situations cannot yet be driven through autonomously at present. As a technologically complex system consisting of traffic, communication and IT infrastructure as well as automated and networked vehicles, fault-free functioning must always be ensured in real traffic in interaction with other road users.

The research project "Corridor for New Mobility Aachen - Düsseldorf" includes the construction of two test fields with equipment for sensors for traffic data acquisition and Car2x-communication. By means of the Corridor for New Mobility Aachen - Düsseldorf, an integrated development environment will be created by integrating existing test fields in the Aachen - Düsseldorf area in order to systematically test and validate automated vehicles in interaction with networked infrastructure. In order to be able to map diverse traffic scenarios, the corridor contains a highway section, an urban area and a rural area.

The following activities are planned in detail:

  • Setting up a test environment that uses a reference sensor system to record road users and their surroundings with high precision on the three test field sections (city, countryside, highway)
  • Networking with the traffic infrastructure through virtual network control and networked traffic signals
  • Establishment of a central database in which all recorded data is processed and stored and can be used for further research and development activities as well as for simulations
  • Design and implementation of a digital twin of the test field as a virtual image of the three test field sections for conducting tests in simulation
  • Use of test environment for validation and further development of new driving functions for automated and connected test vehicles

Network Coordinator

Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika), RWTH Aachen University



Landesbetrieb Straßenbau Nordrhein-Westfalen

PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG

City of Aachen

ZF Friedrichshafen AG (associated partner)


Dr.-Ing. Dirk Kemper

Eszter Kalló, M. Sc.