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This is because autonomous driving has to function reliably even if the weather conditions are unfavourable. For this reason, the deployment of a driverless electric-powered transporter will be tested on a test track in Gunskirchen over the next three years - in all weather conditions and also in public space. This project has been funded by the EU to the amount of € 2.85 million. The two companies BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG and DB Schenker Austria are participating in the research undertaking entitled AWARD, which is being coordinated by the Digitrans test region. On balance, a total of 29 partners from twelve countries are involved in the AWARD initiative.

More specifically, the project focuses on a route of 600 metres in Upper Austria between the logistics centre of DB Schenker Austria and the engine producer BRP-Rotax in Gunskirchen. A driverless electric transporter with test approval is to travel between the two companies by the year 2023. The challenge is to ensure that the necessary sensors work properly in any kind of weather. Part of the test track in Gunskirchen is also used for public transport.

Continue reading and learn more about Digitrans' test track here. 

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