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In the “Fjord Area” project, the necessary infrastructure for practical testing of autonomous shipping is to be developed and the first research projects to be initiated. The aim is to provide a digital test field including a technological test vehicle and control center for testing (partially) autonomous, emission-free ferry shipping on the Kiel Fjord.

The test vehicle is intended both as a research platform for universities and research institutions and as an opportunity for industrial partners to test new solution approaches under real conditions and in interaction with other technologies

  • First drafts of a test vehicle: Concept of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (© Simeon Ortmüller, Vincent Steinhart-Besser)


The project will be financed from the partners’ own resources and funding. To this end, an application was submitted to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in September 2020 as part of the funding guideline “Investments for the development of digital test fields on federal waterways” (dated June 30, 2020).


  • Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH
  • Kiel University
  • Raytheon Anschütz GmbH
  • ADDIX GmbH
  • Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel GmbH