Open real-world laboratory with the automated vehicles “CityBots” in the Campus FreeCity project


On May 14, 2024, the consortium of the Campus FreeCity project hosted an open real-world lab day at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt am Main.

After an introduction to the Campus FreeCity project, Dr. Walter Fischedick and Dr. Stephanie Dinkelaker opened the afternoon with introductory speeches. Visitors, including the public interested in the project and political representatives from Berlin, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt, had the opportunity to experience the two automated robot vehicles CityBots developed in the project live in the use cases of passenger transportation and irrigation on the paths at the stadium. They were also given an insight into the Operation Center, from which the vehicles can be organized and controlled as required.

The eight project partners presented preliminary project results at various theme tables and were available for discussions. In the Operation Center, Sarah Schwindt from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors presented the concept developed for the distribution of roles between dispatchers and teleoperators as well as the dashboard for the dispatcher. Nina Theobald from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors explained the procedure for developing the external and internal visual interaction concepts of the CityBots, which serve as human-machine interfaces (HMIs) for the interaction of the driverless vehicles with passengers, pedestrians and working persons. Results from the interim evaluations of the HMIs were also presented and insights were given into the user studies still ongoing at the stadium during the week of the event.

The Campus FreeCity project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. In addition to HOLM GmbH, the EDAG Group and EintrachtTech GmbH, the consortium also includes T-Systems International, DEKRA Germany, COMPREDICT, the Technical University of Darmstadt and Fulda University of Applied Sciences. DPD Germany, FES Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH and Mainova AG are involved as associated partners. Further information and the latest news on the project can be found on the project homepage: