The test driver leaves the premises of the ZF Corporate Headquarters in the RESCU vehicle and, first of all, follows the basic route in Friedrichshafen. In future, more and more autonomous functions will take over the task of driving. However, by then, no one should need to have any fear of accidents. A test driver will always be on board, who keeps an eye on the steering wheel and who can go ‘hands-on’ whenever he or she considers it necessary to do so.
Over a total distance of 5.5 kilometers, different types of roads are encountered, including a highway and speed zones of 50 km/h and 30 km/h. These also include roundabouts, multi-lane bends, and unmarked roads. At a later point in time, these will present autonomous vehicles with special challenges.