Basis of the digitized highway of the future: Highway Real-Time Digital Twin

Problem statement

Highly automated vehicles and intelligently controlled traffic applications of the future need a comprehensive and reliable image of the traffic situation far beyond the locally restricted viewing areas of individual vehicles in order to achieve the increase in traffic safety and efficiency necessary for the acceptance of these vehicles. The reliable collection and processing of such data and the seamless provision of the resulting value-added services to road users in real time require an intelligent, reliable and scalable infrastructure system. Furthermore, the combination of complex movement profiles and highly variable traffic densities across urban areas and highways poses new challenges.


Project objective

Within the Providentia++ project, the interaction of information flows in highly automated vehicles with the infrastructure will be researched and tested, as well as the creation of precise real-time twins of traffic and the associated added value for society. The test track set up in Providentia will be extended for this purpose in terms of the following: (a) over-all fusion, (b) vehicle-global control, (c) high availability, and (d) scalability-value-added services.



The project is being carried out under the leadership of TUM by a consortium of research institutes and leading industrial partners from the fields of robotics, AI, software engineering, automotive, communication and semiconductor technologies. Building on the existing basic research, the test field infrastructure equipped with sensors and computers will be further expanded in the sense of the above points (a) - (d). In the process, the urban area will also be opened up, creating a unique, coherent system that not only covers different areas, but also connects them with each other beyond this.

Tasks 3D Mapping Solutions

The task of 3D Mapping Solutions is to create a reference map in OpenDrive format of a route in and around Hochbrück with a total length of 28 km, including 70 crossings.

Project duration
01/2020 – 12/2021

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