Prototypes of driverless cars are set to get the go-ahead on a stretch of Germany's busy A9 autobahn.
For years, the country's car makers have been developing models with "autonomous driving" technology —passenger vehicles and trucks that can self-drive in cities and on highways without human interference.
According to an internal memo, Germany's traffic ministry hopes to create a network in which traffic jams and pollution can be reduced, while road safety will be increased.
"We will start with a digitization of the test section," a spokesman for the ministry told NBC News. "The goal is to introduce measuring points with which we will allow vehicle to vehicle and road to vehicle communication."
Germany's Mercedes-Benz last year introduced its "Future Truck 2025," which can self-drive at speeds of up to 50 mph on highways.