Verification and validation methods for automated vehicles in urban environments

Safety standards for automated driving

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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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Sister projects of the KI Familie at joint BMWi and VDA event

The digital transformation is fundamentally changing the automotive industry. In the global race for the lead in the mobility of tomorrow, competition has become greater and more diverse, thanks to the big data companies. How can Germany secure its industrial leadership in this competitive environment? How have the companies positioned themselves for the transition? read more

VVM at the 4. German-Japanese Expert Workshop

VVM coordinator Mark Schiementz (BMW) will represent the project and the PEGASUS project family at the fourth bilateral expert workshop on German-Japanese research cooperation in automated and networked driving taking place on 25 November 2020. read more

PEGASUS EXPERT WORKSHOP #7 “Automated Driving – Building a robust Safety Case”

The 7. Pegasus Expert Workshop on “Automated Driving – Building a robust Safety Case” takes place as a virtual online event on September 23. read more

VVM project and next development steps for safety validation will be presented on EUCAD Webinar

"What is the current status and what challenges exist in the safety validation of automation technology?” is the topic of the second webinar of the EUCAD2020 that will take place on September 08, 2020. read more

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