Don't worry taxi drivers, this is only a test: Self-driving cars to hit German Autobahn.
A section of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria will be converted into a test route for self-driving cars, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Monday.
"We will set up a test stretch on the A9 Autobahn" Dobrindt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview, adding that the first steps towards the "Digital Testing Ground Autobahn" project would be taken this year.
Under Dobrindt's plan, the upgraded road will offer infrastructure allowing the cars to communicate with the road and with other vehicles around them.
"Cars with assisted driving and later fully-automated cars will be able to drive there", Dobrindt said.
"The German car industry will also be able to be world leaders in digital cars".
He added that "German manufacturers won't rely on Google" - the current leader in the field – to produce their own self-driving vehicles.