Antwerp among the 5 avant-garde European cities that will serve as a test area for autonomous cars
Starting this year, several lanes from the Antwerp ring-road and the E313 will be equipped with sensors allowing a transfer of information with the self-driving vehicles.
Once the sensors are installed, a testing period will start in 2019 and will last until June 2020. The information transmitted will help to increase the fluidity of traffic by reducing accidents and traffic jams. The ultimate objective is to ensure that the autonomous vehicles operate in a completely independent and secure manner.
The Belgian participation in this innovative project is a delight for the Flemish government, for whom the use of new technologies is a preferable solution to the increase in the number of traffic lanes, when it comes to congestion issues. It is also an opportunity for Belgium to position itself at the forefront of Europe in terms of mobility.
In addition to Antwerp, the total project budget of 20 million EUR will be allocated to: Lyon (France), the motorway linking Nuremberg-Munich (Germany), the Rotterdam-The Hague area (Netherlands) and Vigo (Spain).