Auto Service Division changes its name to Mobility Division
TÜV SÜD is pooling its mobility services in the TÜV SÜD Mobility Division, thereby shifting the focus of its service offers from vehicles to overall transport and mobility. The new name demonstrates how TÜV SÜD is catering to changes in the transport and mobility sector, sending out a clear signal of its goal to be the number one international third-party testing and inspection organisation for mobility services.
TÜV SÜD is developing ways to assess AV safety and security, which we hope will feed in to global regulatory efforts. Furthermore, new methods for the assessment of the safety of AI systems are needed, because they behave in a complete non-determinstic and unpredictable way. Learn more about TÜV SÜD'S global initiative to develope methods for assessing the safety and security of autonomous driving.
TÜV SÜD and AKKA: Collaboration in vehicle testing and simulation
Engineering consulting company AKKA and technical services organisation TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH are intensifying their collaboration, focusing on the fields of engine development for vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes and on the design and development of vehicle components and their approval according to international market standards. The companies’ collaboration includes measuring the fuel consumption and emissions of vehicle fleets with the help of standardised test cycles (NEDC, WLTP) on test rigs and during real driving conditions at test tracks.
Cooperation to develop automated driving in south-west Germany
Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH, operator of the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg, and TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement concerning the development and approval of autonomous vehicles. The test area provides research institutions and companies with the opportunity to test vehicles in everyday traffic. The project receives funding from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport. This new partnership for the development of autonomous driving further underlines TÜV SÜD’s objective of becoming the foremost partner for impartial safety expertise in the mobility of tomorrow.
Permit for operating automated vehicles on public roads
Vehicles across the world require approval from authorities before they can be used on public roads. AV participants like vehicle manufacturers, suppliers or mobility providers, who work on manufacturing and operating prototypes of automated vehicles, have an urgent need to test SAE L3 automation (and higher) on public roads. However, today’s regulations are inadequate, since they only apply to low levels of automation. To close the gap for AV prototype approval TÜV SÜD assesses key elements of the vehicles's functional safety in addition to the traditional inspection aspects of today to support AV participants to obtain permits for their prototype vehicles.
White Paper: Servoelectric vs. servohydraulic technologies in automotive buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) testing
For more than 40 years, servohydraulic four poster test systems have been vital to the evaluation and testing of automotive components and designs, and have contributed to major improvements in automotive safety and quality. However, in recent years, the introduction of four posters based on servoelectric technology have provided manufacturers and testing organisations with greater testing flexibility and improved testing performance, while also offering significant improvements in energy efficiency and reduced environmental risks. Download our white paper which offers and in-depth discussion of these technologies used in automotive testing.
The Korean government is fostering the usage and development of electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies. In addition, more and more Korean companies are interested to export their products to foreign countries like Europe. But to successfully deploy those mobility technologies and to start business in European markets, local products need to be tested and approved according to e.g. EU/ECE, CCC or INMETRO regulations. TÜV SÜD is now expanding the automotive business in Korea to provide local support for Korean companies and also to support foreign OEMs with market entry.
VSTD vehicle certification to access the Taiwan market
Taiwan’s automotive market is growing exponentially. But also while Taiwan represents a market expansion opportunity, the homologation process can be highly complex and difficult to navigate. All tests must be conducted by an accredited technical service provider at their own laboratory, or at a witness laboratoy which is approved by the Taiwanese Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). When archieving a VSTD approval the vehicle can be sold immediately on the Taiwanese market. Learn more about the Taiwan vehicle type approval process to expand your business.
Investment into new testing equipment for bumper testing
The high demands for safety, functionality and aesthetics during a car’s development are obvious in all its parts. These demands are usually at odds with cost effectiveness. Finding a reasonable compromise is always a difficult task for designers, structural engineers and technologists. At TÜV SÜD we support our customers in the testing area, from development through type approval to conformity of production (CoP) tests. To provide high quality services, we regularly invest into new testing equipment, which helps our customers to verify the functionality of components and assemblies, and thanks to that, speed up the development process. One of such investments is the new test pendulum for physical simulation of parking collisions.
TÜV SÜD has recently created the International Standard TÜV SÜD MS CBS: 2017-Requirements for Integral Management System for Repair Workshops
A standard has been developed by a multidisciplinary and international group of experts from the Certification Management Systems division (MS) and Car Business Services division (CBS) to serve as a guidance for integral quality, environmental and labour risks certifications systems focused in quality service of vehicle repair workshops. In addition, an agreement with ALD Automotive Spain has been signed to certify the workshops within its network according to Standard TÜV SÜD MS CBS: 2017 in addition to ALD’s specific requirements.