TÜV SÜD working to develop a ‘driver’s license’ for AVs
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Autonomy | Simulation | Certification category
When it comes to AVs and related technologies, many claims are made by the industry’s OEMs, suppliers, and technology providers regarding vehicle and system performance capabilities. Much effort is expended verifying those claims to make purchase decisions, whether that be by industry specifiers or the end consumer. As the industry has discovered, simulation is a key component of any AV testing program, but TÜV SÜD is using it to formulate self-driving validation standards to verify those claims. The German testing and certification organization is building a comprehensive suite of tests that ultimately could lead to some type of autonomous vehicle driver’s license to ensure that an AV can handle everything it needs to handle before it goes out on the road. Last year, it announced a cooperation with Nvidia and AVL to develop the AV certification process, the goal of which is to validate and establish simulation as a method and approval tool for future homologation. Its experts estimate that there are up to 100 million situations that should be evaluated to determine self-driving capability. Together with the DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the goal is the development of a “TÜV for algorithms.” The TÜV SÜD plan is to apply the findings as early as the vehicle development phase in the future, ensuring that automated driving functions will demonstrably comply with regulatory requirements right from the outset. The effort would enable manufacturers and regulators to validate that self-driving technology will behave as intended. It would not only make transportation safer, sooner, but also enable greater transparency as well as confidence in and adoption of life-saving autonomous vehicle technology.
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