The German government wants to use one section of the Autobahn in Bavaria to test latest technologies in cars, including self-driving cars.
Under the Digitales Testfeld Autobahn project, the roads will be equipped with latest infrastructure so that cars will be able to communicate with each other and rely on the road sensors to provide the needed data about traffic.
Alexander Dobrindt, the Transport Minister of Germany wants the country to first start testing cars that will be assisted and then gradually start testing the fully automated cars.
Germany, being a major car manufacturer, does not want to rely on foreign companies like Google to have robotic car technology.
The government wants to safeguard market shares which companies like BMW and Volkswagen have in Germany, by giving them an edge over today's emerging technology.
The Audi RS7 has already set a speed record for a self driving car in October by completing a lap in Frankfurt's race track, achieving speeds up to 240 km/h.