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"MadeInGermany" from Freie Universität Berlin First Autonomous Car to Drive Around in Mexico City

№ 286/2012 from Oct 05, 2012

The autonomous car "MadeInGermany" from Freie Universität Berlin has smoothly completed several drives on U.S. and Mexican test tracks and on the road. Computer science professor Raúl Rojas and his team who developed the car, gave demonstrations of it in North and Latin America, for example, at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and on the local road, at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN), at a meeting at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo, and the German Embassy in Mexico City. There will be other presentations at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and on the road with regular traffic. On Sunday, October 7, 2012, "MadeinGermany" will drive through downtown Mexico City. The mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, will test the car himself.

Foreign correspondents who happen to be in the region

will have an opportunity on Sunday, October 7, 2012,

to take part in a demonstration of the car in Mexico City. 

During his stay in Mexico, Professor Raúl Rojas will be welcomed as a new member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas, Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin,
Tel. in Mexico: +52 55 25 27 95 67, Email: 


Website of the AutoNOMOS Labs Project: 

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Photo credits: © Freie Universität Berlin

Caption 1: Students from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) in Mexico City inspect “MadeInGermany.” IPN is one of numerous stops in Mexico and the United States where the autonomous car from Freie Universität Berlin is being presented.

Caption 2: On the highways in and around San Antonio, Texas, "MadeInGermany" (silver VW in the middle) handled the traffic problems without any problems.

Caption 3: Prominent passenger: This summer the German Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan rode along in the autonomous car "MadeInGermany."

Caption 4: The autonomous car drives with the help of sensors. It even detects traffic lights. This picture shows the vehicle during a test drive in the center of Berlin.