Further development of Düsseldorf's digital test field KoMoDnext has started
Automated driving in the digital test field Düsseldorf


In June 2019 the KoMoD research project was successfully completed within the framework of the BMVI funding guideline "Automated and networked driving on digital test fields in Germany.

The current BMVI funding guideline "A future-proof, sustainable mobility system through automated driving and networking" offers the opportunity to build on the experience and developments of the previous project with the KoMoDnext research project.

The goal of KoMoDnext is the preparation of selected network sections for their trafficability with automated level 4 vehicles. The focus is on securing automated driving by developing new control procedures using mobile sensor networks and by securing the communication between vehicle and infrastructure. By integrating standardized IT security procedures, series vehicles are to be integrated into the mobile sensor network as a larger vehicle fleet for the first time.

The project focuses on five use cases.

These are implemented on the motorway network, the transition to the urban area and at complex urban junctions. By networking vehicles and infrastructure, automated driving functions are supported and their market introduction is advanced.

The applications are implemented and tested in the digital test field in Düsseldorf under real traffic conditions.


Use Case A: High Definition Traffic control system - HD TCS

On the A57, a high-resolution traffic situation and environment detection system is being implemented that merges stationary and vehicle-generated data. For this purpose, a new sub-center (SC) will be developed and implemented. The control model of the TCS will be extended so that high-resolution congestion warnings, permissible maximum speeds and other warnings can be generated and transmitted to the vehicles independently of display panels. In addition to the warning messages, the control measures of the classic variable message signs and the variable lane assignments are also transmitted and processed in driving strategies on the vehicle side


Use Case B: Predictive perception

The high-resolution traffic situation detection implemented in KoMoD for the Rheinalleetunnel will be extended to the adjacent Rheinkniebrücke and supplemented by environment data acquisition, since the on-board sensors of highly automated vehicles cannot detect the weather conditions prevailing here at an early stage. The vehicle-internal perception (environment detection) and the predictive functions are supported by information generated by the infrastructure.

Depending on the situation determined, the transition to the urban network with automated longitudinal and lateral guidance is done automatically or the driving instruction is transferred to the driver at an early stage.


Use Case C: Local traffic management 4.0

The aim is to create an open, multimodal V2I platform in form of a central urban service. On the one hand, this centralized service is to supply sensor data from different sources to the traffic light control system and, on the other hand, to enable a flow of information back to the vehicles and road users. The platform should not be limited to motorized traffic.


Use Case D: Level-4 traffic light control

In contrast to Use Case C, the integration of vehicle-generated data into the traffic light control system can also be carried out locally in the control unit at central level. In addition to the further development of public transport prioritization from KoMoD, the aim of Use Case D is the local processing of sensor data generated by various road users (including pedestrians and cyclists) in the environment of the traffic light system.


Use Case E: Junction pilot

The aim is to support vehicle sensor technology by means of infrastructure-supported situation detection at intersections. For this purpose, the Düsseldorf-Friedrichstadt intersection will be equipped with cameras, radar sensors and local computing units.

This will enable automated vehicles to test a forward-looking and coordinated motion planning at a node in the inner city area. Focus here is on the safety needs of pedestrians and cyclists.


As in KoMoD, Heusch/Boesefeldt has been commissioned by the partners to manage the project office in KoMoDnext. In addition we will act as technical consultant on behalf of the state capital Düsseldorf.


Supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI - Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur):

Project duration: January 1st 2020 –December 31st 2021
Project volume: 9.8 million €
Funding volume: 6.9 million €