Germany, France plan cross-border self-driving test zone
The route - aimed at testing "automated and connected driving in real cross-border traffic" - will stretch around 70 kilometres (43 miles), from Merzig in Germany's western Saarland state to Metz in eastern France.
"Manufacturers will be able to test the connectivity of their systems, for example when lanes or speed limits change at the border," German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in a statement following a meeting with French counterpart Alain Vidalies.
"We want to set worldwide standards for this key technology through cooperation between Europe's two biggest car-producing countries," he added.
The route will allow testing of 5G wireless communications between cars and infrastructure, automated manoeuvres such as overtaking and braking, and emergency warning and call systems, among others.
The transport ministry has offered 100 million euros in funding for the projects. ■