Automotive testing at 130 km/h for future type approval

Three years ago, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched the PEGASUS project with the aim of delivering standards for making highly automated vehicles safe. The project partners are now presenting their results. Safety, security and sustainability solutions company TÜV SÜD participated in the project and was the only testing and inspection organisation among a total of 16 partners from science and industry. The key tasks for TÜV SÜD were to specify and develop test scenarios, carry out tests on proving grounds and work together with the other stakeholders in the field of functional safety. The result delivered standardised methods and tools for the inspection and testing of highly automated vehicles, including proving-ground tests at 130 kilometres per hour.

“TÜV SÜD has always stood for guaranteed safety in mobility. This was also the rationale behind our participation in the PEGASUS project. And we are very excited that we can now also make a crucial contribution to the development of highly automated driving. We have developed the first de facto standards; in other words, we have designed standardised methods for assessing and verifying highly automated driving functions for the homologation of highly automated vehicles – a big success for our partners in the project,” Patrick Fruth, CEO of the Mobility Division at TÜV SÜD told Connected Car. This ‘PEGASUS standard’ primarily gives OEMs security and reliability in vehicle and component development. TÜV SÜD says that it can now support manufacturers in the run-up to type approval from an early stage in design and development, offering a wide range of tests and contributing to road safety for motorists in particular as well as all other road users. After all, trust in tomorrow’s automated mobility is inspired by standardised test and validation methods as well as test scenarios for highly automated vehicles. “New technologies need to win people’s trust in order to be successful. As an independent third-party organisation, we are ensuring that autonomous driving will be safe right from the start, and our participation in the PEGASUS project plays an important role in this context,” Fruth added.


Automotive testing at speeds of 130 km/h for future type approval

As a testing and inspection organisation involved in the homologation of vehicles with highly automated driving functions, TÜV SÜD has operated at the interface between research, industry, regulatory and technical requirements right from the outset. Given this, the key task of the ten experts in TÜV SÜD’s PEGASUS team has apparently been to develop and validate test methods and test scenarios, with development of proving-ground tests as their focal area in this context. Peter Salzberger, PEGASUS Project Leader at TÜV SÜD, explains, “Our developments for PEGASUS included a series of methods and tools that enabled us to test vehicles at speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour for future type approval. In our tests we simulate relevant traffic situations, such as those encountered on motorways, at the proving ground, focusing on ensuring a high degree of reproducibility.”


The PEGASUS research project

The name of PEGASUS stands for ‘projects to establish generally accepted quality criteria, tools and methods as well as scenarios and situations for the approval of highly automated driving functions’. From January 2016 to June 2019, the partners in the joint project have been developing generally accepted methods and tools to make highly automated driving functions safe.

Partners in the project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy are: Audi AG, ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems GmbH, BMW Group, Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG, Daimler AG, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., fka GmbH, iMAR Navigation GmbH, IPG Automotive GmbH, Opel Automobile GmbH, QTronic GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Technische Universität Darmstadt – FZD, TraceTronic GmbH, TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH, VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH and Volkswagen AG.