Volkswagen’s autonomous ridesharing subsidiary MOIA is committing to delivering driverless rides to the city of Hamburg by 2025, and the company’s CEO explains the background on Thursday’s Highways Voices podcast from the ITS World Congress sponsored by SWARCO and GEWI.

“The goal

really is by 2024-25 we’ll have a commercial ride pooling service without

safety drivers fully autonomous available here in Hamburg,” Robert Henrich told

host Paul Hutton. “These vehicles now exist, you can see them you can

touch them… and we now start mapping and start doing the test drives. It’s now

finally happening.”

Other

technical advancements in Hamburg are explained by Martin Huber, who

is Director General of Hamburg’s Ministry of Transport and Mobility Transition

who joins Paul again to discuss existing technology on the streets of the city

including “Red lights that given invisible signal, which is exactly the same as

the light on the micro second” that interface with connected and autonomous

vehicles.

Ronny

Dittrich from GEWI has perfected a way of managing roadworks in real time to

improve the environment and road safety explaining, “TIC for work zones is a

system where everyone working with work zones in a company, and maybe also

other companies can put their work zones into a single system… where conflicts

can be detected,” while we also hear about a connected safety solution for

cyclists and pedestrians, the reaction of two Clearview Intelligence experts

checking out the Congress as visitors and, of course, Eric Sampson’s guide to

Thursday at the Congress and the latest news from Highways News HQ with Adrian

Tatum.

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