At the DEKRA Lausitzring, construction work for the new city courses is in full swing. Asphalt surfaces are currently being created on part of the parking lots. Here, mobile infrastructure elements can later be used to simulate a wide variety of inner-city scenarios. The official opening is planned for June.
“From small towns with narrow spaces between buildings to metropolises with wide streets: On the flexible city courses, we will be able to test automated driving functions in a wide range of scenarios before they are introduced, thus safeguarding them for use in real traffic”, explains Uwe Burckhardt, Head of Test and Event at DEKRA Lausitzring. “For the safety of tomorrow’s mobility – with vehicles that are increasingly automated and connected – it is crucial that these functions are put through their paces before they are approved.”
With the new test scenarios on the city courses and on other intercity routes planned later, as well as the existing DEKRA test oval as a freeway section, all aspects of future mobility can then be tested.
“This is an essential point for our customers, whether they are vehicle manufacturers, suppliers or development service providers, and means a unique selling point for our location here at the DEKRA Lausitzring”, says Burckhardt. “We are the only manufacturer-independent test center that offers such a variety of tracks – and that in combination with our expertise and testing methods at the very cutting edge of development.” These include highly complex swarm tests that can be used to test automated vehicles in maximally challenging situations.
DEKRA is once again investing in the millions for the new city courses. The official opening is scheduled for June. Further investments at the site – for example in additional intercity courses and a new test center for batteries – are planned.
“Since taking over the Lausitzring at the end of 2017, we have been pursuing a strategy of further developing the site with a clear focus on testing operations”, says Erik Pellmann, Head of the DEKRA Technology Center at the Klettwitz site. “At the same time, the DEKRA Lausitzring also remains a place where major events can take place, not only in the field of motorsport.” To ensure that this is also possible in the future, the areas of the city courses will continue to be available as parking spaces during major public events.