Between the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the Detroit Auto Show, all evidence points to 2015 being the year of the self-driving car. BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen have all taken great strides in recent weeks to promote their brand of self-driving technology, some of which is only a few short years from being available to consumers. But it isn’t only the companies that have been pushing for vehicular innovation; the German government, too, is taking steps to further the development of self-driving cars. Alexander Dobrindt, Germany’s Transportation Minister, announced in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that a section of Germany’s A9 highway will soon cater exclusively to self-driving cars. This stretch of road will be the digital testing strip for German car companies to try out their assisted driving and fully automatic vehicles.