DEKRA building test area for connected driving
DEKRA is building a connected car test area in Malaga, Spain, as part of its international testing network for connected and automated driving. Via test scenarios, actual cars, emulation equipment, and lab settings, partners can begin testing connected-car technology. The test area will open before the end of 2017.
DEKRA expects the connected car test area to become a key component of its international testing network for connected and automated driving. The hub in Malaga will focus on R&D and early production testing, while the existing testing oval at DEKRA in Klettwitz and the Lausitzring race track in Germany, recently acquired by DEKRA, will be set up for automotive systems, whole vehicle, and infrastructure testing. DEKRA is also aiming to add further hubs in East Asia and the U.S., while simultaneously developing test plans and innovative test tools, and fostering standardization in the industry.
"We have developed a significant number of test scenarios, some of which have already been implemented. The test scenarios verify the generation and reception of appropriate signaling messages and corresponding warnings to drivers for various technologies," said Fernando Hardasmal, Managing Director of DEKRA Testing & Certification S.A.U. "Some of the scenarios tested for vehicle-to-everything technologies, also referred to as V2X, are Intersection Movement Assist, Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory, Forward Collision Warning, and Work Zone Warnings."
In addition to deploying actual V2X devices, DEKRA will simulate scenarios using dedicated beacons and purpose-built software. Other test activities in this test area will include interoperability, performance, and usability testing; as well as cyber security evaluations for the connected car. Finally, DEKRA has recently obtained the ISO 17025 accreditation for car safety technology eCall and ERA/GLONASS for testing in the lab and at customer locations.
"Our goal is to meet the growing demand in testing and certification triggered by innovations that will reshape the automotive industry. By combining safety and connectivity testing, we aim to give automotive manufacturers the edge in a future where nothing on the road works alone," said Bert Zoetbrood, CEO of DEKRA's global Product Testing & Certification division.
The new test area, with a future size of well over 50,000 m² (538,000 ft2), is currently being constructed in the Andalusia Technology Park in Málaga. This project will also open opportunities to continue the cooperation between the University of Malaga and DEKRA, which started more than 20 years ago.