Germany Decides Not to Rely on Google to Test Autonomous Cars


Published Date : Jan 27, 2015

The government in Germany has expressed its desire to convert a portion of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria into what could be a testing field for advanced and innovative car technologies. According to the transport minister of Germany, this project will ensure that the country maintains its ‘digital sovereignty’. 

The project is called Digitales Testfeld Autobahn and the track will most probably be launched anytime this year. The plan is to equip all the roads on the track with proper infrastructure in order to allow cars to communicate with one and other while driving. The plan is also to activate sensors along the road to help offer important and required data related to traffic. 

Alexander Dobrindt, transport minister, said on Tuesday that while the initial plan is to allow cars with assisted driving to take a spin, he hopes that fully automated cars will also be able to drive on this track.

Germany forms a key car producer in Europe and wishes to possess a robotic car technology which makes them free of depending on international companies. Alexander Dobrindt stressed on the fact that domestic producers will most definitely not reply on Google. He added that local producers will have to equip themselves against data monopolization. They will also have to be able to create some sort of digital sovereignty that is independent from Asia as well as America. 

Basically, automated car systems rest on technologies that help in the collection, communication, and interpretation of data. The government in Germany wishes to safeguard the shares of market players such as Volkswagen and BMW by ensuring that these companies will possess a competitive edge when it comes to emerging technology.