Final Event 21./22.11.2023 Stuttgart

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The urban environment represents one of the greatest challenges for automated vehicles due to the enormous complexity of traffic scenarios and the high diversity of potential road users. This complexity and diversity of urban traffic scenarios must be mastered safely and reliably for people to be willing to use automated vehicles in urban environments.

A key factor for the acceptance and introduction of this new technology is therefore the proof of safety, verification and validation of automated vehicles. This topic is the focus of the VVM project, which takes up the work of the PEGASUS project in the areas of testing and validation. It continues this work with the aim to develop a methodology for the proof of safety for urban driving, especially for the use case of urban intersections.

Developing testing methods

Up to now, the proof of safety for each new development has been obtained by means of lengthy and cost-intensive real-life tests. With the increasing complexity and ever shorter development cycles for automated vehicles, this approach is becoming increasingly difficult. For this reason, 22 prominent partners from industry and science are working in the VVM project to utilise the possibilities of digitalisation: In the interplay of simulations and real world tests, suitable methods will be found to demonstrate the safety of automated vehicles and to set standards for the establishment of safety verification in the industrial development process.

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Final Event 21./22.11.2023 | Stuttgart

In the joint project Verification and Validation Methods (VVM), 21 partners from the German automotive industry have come together to develop the world's first structures for the verification of safety standards for automated vehicles in urban environments. Four years after the start of the research project, the results are now available. The pre-competitive research project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and initiated by the VDA flagship initiative for autonomous and connected driving, provided detailed insights into the findings and work results during the final presentation on November 21 and 22, 2023. read more

Final Event 21./22.11.2023 | Stuttgart | save-the-date

On November 21st and 22nd we will present the results of the work done during the last four years in presentations, exhibitions and demonstrations in Stuttgart. Save the date today! The event is planned as on-site event, parts of the event will also be virtually accessible. read more

VVM's sister project SET Level concludes with final presentation

As part of the Pegasus-Family, the project SetLevel delivers important results concerning procedures and toolchains for simulation-based development and testing. Those results also play an important role for VV Methods. SET Level now reaches the finish line and will present the results in its final presentation. read more

Two methods from VVM presented in publications

To safeguard autonomous driving systems, it is necessary to know the operational environment - also referred to as the operational domain in the VVM project - in detail and to be able to analyze it. To this end, two new methods were developed in the project that address the stakeholder concerns with regard to the behavior of an automated vehicle in the operational domain. Two new publications in the project now present these methods. read more

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