Testing automated driving – experience smart mobility

Merzig

19th October 2019

This was the motto of the day of the open test field in Merzig.
Together with the Research Group for Traffic Telematics (FGVT) of htw saar the district town Merzig gave citizens the opportunity to experience this live. In the course of test drives, interested parties could experience at first hand how intelligent transport systems contribute to the improvement of efficiency in road traffic and road safety.

Link to the television report on Saarland Radio:
19th October 2019 – Saarländischer Rundfunk (in German)

further reporting:
20th October 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – for subscribers only)

10×6 Mobility: The challenges Luxembourg faces

Esch-sur-Alzette

18th September 2019

The 10×6 Mobility Conference organized by Paperjam in the Escher Theater on September 18, 2019 gave 10 experts the opportunity to present their vision of better transportation to improve the quality of life, for more sustainability and a strong economy. One of them was the use of electric automated minibuses for commuter transport in border regions.
Professor Thomas Bousonville talked about the ambitious goals of the project TERMINAL and the related actions that htw saar wants to carry out together with its operational partners in order to enable commuters in the Greater Region to experience better mobility in the future.

Video of the lecture of Prof. Bousonville (in English)

Impressions of the event in pictures (in French)

further reporting:
24th September 2019 – htw saar blog entry (in German)

19th September 2019 – Summary of Paperjam (in English)

18th September 2019 – Tweet on Twitter (in English)

Video about cross-border test field for Smart Mobility and 5G connectivity online

Luxembourg

8th August 2019

Luxembourg Trade and Invest has completed a video presenting the cross-border test field. It presents all the advantages of this unique location for researchers and companies in the field of smart mobility and 5G connectivity. One sequence is dedicated to the TERMINAL project.

The  cross-border digital #TestBed for connected and automated driving connects 215 km of public roads in #Luxembourg, #Germany and #France. With #5G technology, it offers a unique opportunity to test and adapt new #mobility solutions for the European market. A real environment with several border crossings, tunnel sections, traffic density, etc.
Ideal for #startups, companies and research institutes.

Link to the video:
8th August 2019 – YouTube (in English)

German-French panel discussion “Mobility of the Future”

Metz

23rd May 2019

Professor Horst Wieker accepted the invitation of the agency INSPIRE METZ, which, in cooperation with the World Trade Center Metz-Saarbrücken and BEHR Consulting, had organized a panel discussion on the “Mobility of the Future”. The event took place during the week “Metz est wunderbar”, to which German and French politicians, researchers and entrepreneurs from the vehicle and transport industry were invited.

In the Grand Salon of Metz City Hall, speakers were able to present alternative mobility concepts and solutions for the future to a lay audience. Whether electric buses, automated and connected shuttles in public transport or autonomous vehicles for private use – the discussion made it clear that the mobility of the future will pursue several objectives and will not be single-track.

Less CO2 emissions through electric or hydrogen drives are conceivable. But also concepts such as car sharing, bicycle rental in inner cities and autonomous vehicles can be a response to congested roads and lack of mobility offers in rural areas.

On the subject of autonomous driving, Professor Horst Wieker was able to share his experiences with the audience and, on the basis of the TERMINAL project, to make it clear what opportunities a self-propelled bus can offer in rural areas and how progress in research is increasing public confidence in intelligent transport systems.

About the event (in German)

Organising the cross-border mobility of tomorrow

Saarbrücken

12th April 2019

The mobility of the future must be safe, environmentally friendly and flexible. It must also be simple, cheap and accessible to all, in order to maintain and promote the development of the cross-border labour market. Automation and intelligent transport systems play a central role in this context. All possibilities for improving the flow of cross-border workers must be considered. An interesting proposal developed within the TERMINAL project aims to set up an automated electric shuttle bus between France and Germany.

More in the text in English and French.

Further reporting:
1st April  2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

Opening of the trilateral test field for autonomous driving DFL

Schengen

3rd April 2019

High notables yesterday in Schengen.
Transport ministers from Germany, France, Luxembourg and Saarland met to officially open the cross-border test field for autonomous and connected driving in the border triangle. The first transnational test field is intended to serve industry and research alike to test application scenarios and new technologies across borders on all types of roads.
Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CDU) said at the starting signal for the trinational test field: “The mobility of the future begins now – and we are right in the middle of it”.
Anke Rehlinger, Saarland’s Minister of Transport, was also present and said: “Mobility only makes sense if it works across borders. On the test field we are testing groundbreaking steps on the way to smart mobility concepts”. She also expects a lot from the innovations in autonomous driving: “The results will help us to better align the conditions in cross-border public transport with the needs of the customers”.

Further press releases:
31st March 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

3rd April 2019 – welt.de (in German)

3rd April 2019 – Pfälzischer Merkur (in German)

3rd April 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

3rd April 2019 – SOL.de (in German)

9th April 2019 – htw saar blog entry (in German)

17th Summit Presidency of the Greater Region

Saarbrücken

25th March 2019

New opportunity for the TERMINAL project to introduce itself to the stakeholders of the Greater Region: At the launch event of the 17th Presidency at the summit of the Greater Region on March 25th 2019, TERMINAL was represented as an exhibitor at the “Market of Opportunities” in the Foyer of the Saarländischer Rundfunk.

Press release:
24th March 2019 – Saarländischer Rundfunk (in German)

Prof. Horst Wieker guest of “Wir im Saarland”

Saarbrücken

14 March 2019

The television magazine “Wir im Saarland” deals weekly with current affairs and background information from the Saarland. The topics range from politics to society and economy.
On March 14, 2019, Prof. Wieker, head of the Research Group for Transport Telematics (FGVT), sat on the couch with moderator Christine Alt and in an interview, he told how automated cars can be used in Germany in the future and predicted, among other things, a change in the German transport system.

Find the 5-minute television report here.

Automated shuttles in Luxembourg

Luxembourg – Pfaffenthal

12th March 2019

Since September 2018, two automated shuttle buses have been tested in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg’s capital. Lex Bentner – Chef de Service – from the Autobus de la Ville de Luxembourg knows how the service is received, where exactly the bus runs and whether everything is running smoothly.

Link to the video and radio report about the “Major project Terminal – autonomous buses in Saarland from 2020” with Professor Horst Wieker

Further press releases:
25 February 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

20th September 2018 – L’essentiel (in German)