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TAF BW: Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg

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.

#Automated and Connected Driving#Digitalization and Data



  • Project start: 10/2016
  • Project end: 12/2021


  • 2.5 million euros Ministry of Transport: Test field setup
  • 2.5 million euros Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts: smart mobility projects


  • FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, City of Karlsruhe, City of Bruchsal, City of Heilbronn (associated partner), Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund KVV (operator)

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