Safety reasons: No more pictures from German Autobahn webcams
All webcams on the German autobahn no longer provide any pictures! The reason is the “security situation”. Is this supposed to make it more difficult for Russian scouts to monitor weapon transports? Update!
Update March 15th: Statement by the Autobahn GmbH des Bundes
PC-WELT asked the Autobahn GmbH des Bundes about the reason why the images from the webcams along the German Autobahn are no longer available. A spokesman for the Autobahn GmbH des Bundes then replied as follows: “Due to the current security policy developments in Europe, the traffic cameras of the Autobahn GmbH des Bundes are unfortunately not available at the moment. We apologize for this and hope that we will be able to offer the service again soon be able.”
End of quote and update
All German Autobahn webcams are currently no longer transmitting images. The federal Autobahn GmbH, which operates the webcams and also provides their live images in the Autobahn app, told the newspaper “Hannoversche Allgemeine” that there are currently no live images of German trunk roads. The Lower Saxony traffic management center has switched off its webcams. The Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” adds that the Federal Ministry of Transport has declared that the webcams will no longer be available “due to the current security policy developments in Europe”.
Autobahn app without pictures
If you open the Autobahn app and tap on “Webcams” under “Service”, you get to read: “No entries for webcams found.
This is what the corresponding section looks like in the app.
The suspicion arises that this is intended to make it more difficult for Russian authorities to observe and spy on transports on German trunk roads. After all, NATO is also transferring troops from Germany to the eastern NATO member states, and Germany is also supplying Ukraine with weapons, among other things.
The camera images should be available again soon, as “Der Standard” reports, citing the Federal Ministry of Transport. The cameras were neither dismantled nor switched off, they just no longer transmit images to the Internet and the Autobahn app.
Austria: Still webcam images of motorways
The images from the webcams along the Austrian motorways, on the other hand, can still be accessed via this link. But on the website of ASFINAG (Autobahn- und Schnellstrassen-Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft) there is also this note: “Webcams of the German cooperation partners are offline. Against the background of the security policy situation, the German cooperation partners Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg will stop providing webcam images to ASFINAG until further notice!”
The federal highway app is here: webcam live view, route check, traffic situation