Fraport tests the deployment of driverless vehicles
Driverless snow-removal vehicles stand up to inclement weather conditions
Testing driverless minibuses in real traffic
The first test field was a route of 1.5 kilometers in length which runs between Terminal 1 and 2. Around 2,600 vehicles use this road on a daily basis – of which almost half are trucks. In-house vehicles and transportation also use the road, for example, almost 1,000 freight tugs that pass a lock on the route to and from the apron each day. In order to test the driverless vehicles in as widely diverse traffic situations as possible, R+V intends to try out the shuttle buses at different locations following the successful test at Frankfurt Airport. After the approval procedure has been completed, they are to be used on public roads.
The pilot project should contribute to answering outstanding questions concerning mobility in the future. This includes whether driverless cars and conventional vehicles can drive safely and without encountering problems on the same road or how high the level of acceptance is, both for passengers and other road users. The cooperation partners also hope to gain insights concerning the infrastructural support required by autonomous electric vehicles to operate in an optimal manner and which interactive options are made available for the operators and for users of autonomous vehicles.
Photos: Daimler, Fraport