Future mobility systems with self-driving vehicles

The Siemens SDV Suite: a systemic approach consisting of intelligent infrastructure at the field level, micro-services in the backend and the integration of all kinds of autonomous vehicles.

Optimized transport systems supported by self-driving vehicles There is much to suggest that the future of motorized private transportation will be shaped by autonomous driving. Mobility systems will be disrupted by autonomous vehicles maintaining and enhancing individual mobility options while expanding public transportation options. We call this an optimized transport system supported by self-driving vehicles. Benefits will include overall optimization of the transportation system, fewer vehicles on the road, improved traffic flow and better mobility access while reducing air pollution and guaranteeing increased safety.   Systemic approach Siemens systemic solution architecture is composed of intelligent infrastructure at the field level, consisting of components such as the Siemens Sitraffic ESCoS road site unit, lidar and radar sensors. From a software point of view, micro-services in the cloud manage the system and the actual passenger experience. Passenger services include intermodal routing and an enhanced travel information experience. Additionally, the open platform approach allows for flexible, demand-oriented and cost-efficient integration of all kinds of autonomous vehicles. 

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Self-driving vehicles

The level of complexity and automation of transportation systems increases significantly

Today, transportation accounts for about 25 percent of the world’s primary energy consumption and around 20 percent of the global CO2 emissions. Inadequate transportation can reduce a city’s productivity (measured in GDP) by up to 30 percent, recent studies show. An optimized transportation system supported by self-driving vehicles will enhance mobility access through feeders or complement public transportation. It will improve the flow of the traffic as a result of fewer accidents and less congestion.

Our vision

  • Connected, intermodal, seamless travel
  • SAE [Society of Automotive Engineers] Level 5 – no driver needed
  • Integration of system relevant topics, such as fleet management, charging, security and infrastructure management
  • Mobility as a service with intermodal routing
  • Fully electric - zero CO2 emissions
  • New mobility concepts - no driver, modular vehicle approach for people and goods
  • Customer focus that facilitates new business models
SDV basic offering

Overview of SDV basic offering

Enabling safe and efficient autonomous driving (level 5) of public transport systems

The approach leads to specific benefits for operators and passengers

Solving the first/last mile

An optimized transport system supported by self-driving vehicles will offer a variety of benefits. It will facilitate individual, seamless travel with maximum flexibility. Efficiency will be ensured because overcoming first/last mile issues with intermodal routing across all connected transportation modes will lead to shorter travel times and a higher level of connectivity – even in rural areas. 

Higher utilization of vehicles

The actual land usage will be minimized as the overall number of vehicles declines. The system will allow for maximum fleet utilization. How? By employing modularly constructed vehicles that can be used for both people and goods, among other things.

Improved safety

Overall traffic optimization


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The Siemens SDV Suite covers the complete value chain of a mobility systems based on self-driving vehicles – from design, integration, operation and validation to maintenance and service.



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Test bed in market relevant environments

The Siemens SDV suite includes a set of basic technologies that are now being implemented in different test circuits. We have identified relevant markets such as urban, suburban, airports or campus for this purpose.