VW Tests Self-Driving Cars in Germany

Volkswagen AG has begun testing automated e-Golf small cars on public roads in Hamburg, Germany.

The program marks the first time VW has tested Level 4 autonomous vehicles in a German city, according to the carmaker. Backup drivers will be on board to take control if necessary.

The electric e-Golfs have 11 laser scanners, seven radar units and 14 cameras. Deep learning, neural networks and pattern recognition software are used to identify images.

VW says the vehicles have the computing power equivalent of 15 laptops and will process as much as 5 gigabytes of data per minute during the tests.

The vehicles will be tested in certain areas of Hamburg that are being developed for autonomous and connected vehicles. As part of the run-up to the 2021 World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems conference to be held in Hamburg, the city is upgrading traffic lights to enable vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.