On the TAVF, vehicle manufacturers, technology companies, and research institutions can test ITS applications, safety and assistance systems, as well as automated and connected driving functions in a real traffic environment on public roads. For this purpose, the test track provides installations for the use of infrastructure-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (V2X).
VITRONIC is testing its systems at a danger point. This concerns an intersection representing a highly congested traffic junction (K94) in the Hamburg city area. It is located only about two kilometers northwest of the central train station and near the CCH congress center. A video camera was installed on an existing light pole to record the flow of traffic coming from Schröderstiftstraße in the direction of the K94 junction (Rentzelstraße / Schröderstiftstraße / An der Verbindungsbahn). A second camera was fitted to a pillar located directly at the K94 junction.
Both cameras record the incoming traffic from the direction of Schröderstiftstraße. The real-time data collected in this way is available for further processing by the traffic lights control processes at the K94 junction. The aim is to optimize the traffic light control so that waiting and travel times are reduced for all road users. For example, green phases could be extended at peak times so that an increased number of cyclists and pedestrians can cross the road safely.
To increase the traffic safety of VRUs in the area of the K94 junction, Vitronic has also installed two additional sensors, including a 3D radar. In the future, so-called CPMs (Collective Perception Messages) could be sent to vehicles passing the intersection. Among other things, its content is intended to direct the attention of drivers or (semi-)automated vehicles to situations detected by the sensor system that are potentially dangerous for VRUs. Furthermore, position data of all traffic objects detected by the sensors can be continuously sent via CPM. Currently, the communication between the Road Side Unit (RSU) and the On Board Unit (OBU) is being tested and improved. While the OBU is located in the vehicle, the RSU is installed on the infrastructure side, e.g. on a lighting pole.
There is ongoing optimization of the procedures implemented on the test track and validation of the data. The presentation of the respective results is planned for the ITS World Congress.
VITRONIC is a world leader in industrial machine vision. The owner-managed group of companies develops innovative products and customized solutions in the growth industries of automation, healthcare, photovoltaics, logistics automation, body scanning solutions, and traffic technology.
With over 35 years of experience, VITRONIC offers a unique portfolio of systems and software for image and sensor-based quality inspection, identification, traffic monitoring, and toll collection. Customers include renowned companies such as B.Braun, BMW, Daimler, DHL, UPS, Toll Collect, Fresenius, and Sanofi, as well as government agencies and public authorities.
VITRONIC systems play a major role in ensuring the highest levels of quality and efficiency in the production processes of the automobile, photovoltaic, and pharmaceutical industries.
In logistics centers and cargo airports worldwide, VITRONIC's Auto-ID solutions efficiently capture and integrate shipment data and ensure the transparent flow of packages.
In the traffic technology sector, VITRONIC offers high-performance technologies to increase road safety, improve traffic flow and secure tolling revenue.
Since its founding in 1984, VITRONIC has grown continuously, and currently has 1,000 employees. It is represented on four continents. VITRONIC supports its international customers through its subsidiaries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as through a global network of sales and service partners.
VITRONIC systems are developed and manufactured at the company's headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2019, the Group’s total revenue was 143,4 million Euros.