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BMVI approves funding to support introduction of AVs in Kelheim, Germany [free access]

March 31, 2021

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Germany has approved EUR10.9 million funding for the KelRide project that is aimed at introducing autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the public transport network in the Kelheim district. The project is funded by BMVI as part of its ‘Digitization and Artificial Intelligence in Mobility’ action plan.


The KelRide project addresses two main issues related to autonomous driving, that is, the potential of fully automated cars to run efficiently in all-weather environments, and the smooth incorporation of automated mobility into the public transport network. The project partners include EasyMile, Kehlheim district, TÜV Rheinland Intertraffic GmbH, Technical University of Berlin, ViaVan GmbH, and P3 Automotive GmbH.


On the completion of the project, fully automated buses will be available for on-demand booking as a new means of public transportation for the first time in Germany. The project is expected to be used as a scalable blueprint for multiple cities and counties across Germany.


(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.17 USD)