The Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW) is a real-life laboratory for applications of automated and connected driving, which is continuously being advanced and expanded in Karlsruhe, Heilbronn and Bruchsal. There, companies and research institutions can test future-oriented technologies and services in everyday road traffic on more than 200 km of public roads.
The test area that is operated by the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund -KVV) provides unique conditions: It includes all road types that can be used with different types of vehicles. The infrastructure includes intersections and roadways equipped with sensors and C2X communication technology, HD mapping, a virtual control center for digital condition monitoring, a parking garage in Heilbronn equipped for automated parking, road weather stations, a mobile control center, and a mobile vehicle hall. The test area also has an enclosed area that allows tests with non-approved vehicles. TAF BW will continue to be operated by KVV after the end of the funding period.