The German test site is located in the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main area in the state of Hesse, an important German traffic hub with major traffic generators such as Frankfurt Airport, the Frankfurt Trade Fair and the stadium. The area is characterized by high traffic density which allows experiments on all road safety and traffic efficiency functions under normal everyday conditions. The German test site was created for simTD, the federally funded research consortium affiliated with DRIVE C2X.
In order to develop a significant and transferable scenario on Germany's motorways, representative route profiles were selected for the region. Those include the A5 motorway between the Bad Nauheim and Frankfurt Westkreuz junctions as well as several motorways surrounding the city of Frankfurt. The region was divided into two parts with different densities of ITS Roadside Stations.
The heavily used federal rural roads B3 and B455, including main through-roads and their connections to the A5 motorway, are also part of the test region. It is planned to equip a significant number of traffic lights with ITS Roadside Stations as well as for some more densely equipped road sections.
The city test field comprises an important part of the main roads through the city of Frankfurt. This includes all relevant traffic generators such as the Frankfurt Trade Fair, the main train station, the Commerzbank Arena football stadium, the Niederrad office city, and Frankfurt Airport. The selected city roads are directly connected to the subordinate road network.
Please also see the technical specification and map for the Frankfurt test site.
Test site events
simTD final event after successful FOT
On June 20th, 2013, the research project simTD presented its system of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication. At the fairgrounds in Frankfurt/Main more than 350 participants from industry, academia and politics were welcomed to the final event of the project.
More than 20 representatives from TV, print and online media attended the press conference in which the project results were presented to the public. At the subsequent expert conference simTD experts showed technology, field test and results of the project as well as a preview of the forthcoming implementation of the car-to-x technology. Accompanying, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about additional results of simTD and discuss the future of mobility with experts at an exhibition.
The highlight of the event were the driving demonstrations in real traffic. For this purpose, a total of 17 cars and two motorcycles of the project partners were available. More than 250 visitors took advantage of this opportunity and participated in a demonstration run experiencing the simTD system in real operation.
More information and current information material can be found on www.simtd.de.