After five years of intensive work, the Aldenhoven Testing Center hosted the grand final event of the UNICARagil project on May 11, 2023. Eight universities and nine companies showed the public four fully autonomous vehicle prototypes and thus how future mobility can succeed.
With around 400 visitors, the consortium celebrated a successful project conclusion and presented the four autonomous vehicles live on our test track:
- The autoCARGO demonstrating fully automated parcel delivery,
- the autoTAXI, how individual cabs can enable private or business meetings while driving to the destination in the future.
- The autoSHUTTLE represents a flexible addition to public transport by e.g. operating on routes in rural areas that are not in such high demand,
- and the autoELF vehicle model thematizes a private and customizable family vehicle.
The numerous visitors had the unique opportunity to ride along and experience what a fully automated driverless ride in urban mixed traffic feels like.
The aim of the project was to lay the foundations for a user-centered concept of driverless driving oriented to human capabilities through cooperation between leading German universities in the field of automated driving and specialized companies. The project was funded by the BMBF with around 32 million euros.
Project website: www.unicaragil.de