As a global leader in safety solutions and certification, TÜV SÜD needed a repeatable way to test and certify next-generation vehicles.
Using DriveKit, their Traffic Simulation Vehicles were able to create repeatable test scenarios within a 3cm range at speeds up to 80km per hour.
TÜV SÜD is a member of the PEGASUS Project, a collective of universities and OEMs who are establishing a safety standard for ADAS and autonomous vehicles. A large part of TÜV SÜD's role in PEGASUS is the development and implementation of precise, repeatable test scenarios. In practice, this is accomplished using their fleet of Traffic Simulation Vehicles (TSVs) to create a wide array of traffic situations around the vehicle being tested.
Within 30 minutes we can transform the KIA SOUL into a complex remote-controlled Traffic Simulation Vehicle."
Robert Matawa / Head of Test Department Autonomous Driving For TÜV SÜD
The requirements for these road tests (such as driving dynamics, positional accuracy, and results analysis) are extremely strict, allowing for a rigorous, precise data set that will ensure the next geneneration of autonomous vehicles meets the highest possible safety standard.
To maintain the kind of rigor that TÜV SÜD is famous for, the TSVs are automated, which until recently was acheived using complex driving robots that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take over 12 hours to install. Since adopting DriveKit, however, the installation time for the average TSV has dropped to less than an hour, and TÜV SÜD engineers are able to access to the car's own steering and braking control.
We are proud that DriveKit has been so valuable to this process, and honored to have TÜV SÜD as a partner on the road towards functional-safety.
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