TÜV AUSTRIA provides guidance and support in setting up test environments. In the next three years, TÜV AUSTRIA will be a strategic setup partner of ALP.Lab, the Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving. With the project partners AVL, Magna, TU Graz, Joanneum Research, ASFINAG, AIT, TTTech and Siemens, testing will be carried out on how highly automated vehicles can prevent traffic accidents, which are caused by human error in over 90 percent of cases. Digitrans, an exploratory project to establish a test region for automated and connected driving in freight transport, is supported by AIT, Automobile Cluster Upper Austria (Automobilcluster Oberösterreich), ASFINAG, Rosenbauer, Hödlmayer, Kapsch and MAN. TÜV AUSTRIA is involved as an associate project partner. TÜV AUSTRIA also participates in the innovative project auto.bus – Seestadt with safety- & IT-security for systems used in highly automated driving. In Vienna’s new district, technologies are to be tested for autonomous driving in public passenger transport and local public transport. In this three-year project, TÜV AUSTRIA is a partner of Wiener Linien, Wiener Stadtwerk, Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, AIT, Siemens and nauva.
New vehicle system architectures with redundancies will be necessary in the near future which transfer control to the human driver in a defined manner in driving modes that are no longer controllable. The functional safety of automated vehicles is ensured by fail-operational systems. These have a host of sensors (camera, radar, light detection and ranging – LiDAR) for the redundancies required. New high-performance steering units are in the planning to manage the fusion of incoming data with its associated processing.
High requirements are naturally posed for safety-related actuators, like brakes and steering. As in all technical fields, TÜV AUSTRIA provides guidance and support for ongoing development, with analyses of scenarios and situations to enable automated and connected driving functions.