Alexander Kraus, Business Unit Manager Automotive at TÜV SÜD, talks in this interview about the responsibilities of inspection bodies, which need to reflect the changing demands on mobility by acting as independent partners of drivers, industry and politics.
TÜV SÜD paves the way for the first autonomous bus in public transport
A team of TÜV SÜD experts have developed the first safety concept for the approval of an autonomous passenger bus, paving the way for its operation in public transport. Germany's rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, will use the bus in Bad Birnbach, a spa in Lower Bavaria, Germany. The shuttle will initially transport up to six passengers on a defined route over a distance of around 700m.
Are they on the way? From driver assistance systems to automated driving
The deployment of electronic control systems, such as anti-lock brakes or electronic stability programs, has contributed to a huge reduction in the consequences of traffic accidents. Further potential is associated with the gradual automation of driving, that is, the progressive handover of driving tasks to electronic Systems. The culmination of this process is robotised vehicles, which will not require a driver under any circumstances. This trend already began some years ago and is moving forward with each new generation of vehicles.
Development of a remotely controllable vehicle to be used in safety testing of automated vehicles under realistic conditions
Despite the use of new methods such as simulation for testing the safety of automated vehicles, traditional road tests under realistic driving conditions are still essential. Using cutting-edge technologies, TÜV SÜD has developed a vehicle with high-precision remote control, which can be used on the test track to put autonomous driving vehicles through their paces in exactly defined and precisely reproducible scenarios.
TÜV SÜD issues Whetron the 1st ADAS related ISO 26262 Certificate in Chinese Automotive Industry
Recently, TÜV SÜD issued the first ISO 26262 certificate based on ADAS solution and the first supplier-level ISO 26262 process certificate to WHETRON ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD. (hereinafter referred to as “WHETRON This certificate accomplishes the zero breakthrough of “double champion” in Chinese automotive industry.
TÜV SÜD builds mobility laboratory to offer testing of all types of drive systems
TÜV SÜD is further developing its Heimsheim-based exhaust emissions laboratory into a mobility lab, doubling its capacities in the process. In future, the lab’s six dynamometers will be used to carry out type-approval testing of electric and hybrid vehicles and combustion-engine vehicles for all relevant markets, including the USA, China and Korea. By expanding its testing laboratory in Heimsheim near Stuttgart, Germany, TÜV SÜD is building the largest mobility laboratory in Europe, and thereby sending out a clear signal of its goal to be the number one third-party service provider in this area. The opening of the mobility lab is scheduled for mid-2019.
To understand the whole procedure of type approval and emission testing, certain knowledge of the applicable regulations is required. Even experts, who are confronted with the regulations on a daily basis, sometimes struggle with the new emission regulations, because the whole procedure has become quite complex.
This article provides a slight insight into the new emission regulation, with a strong focus on the transfer time from NEDC into WLTP – the so-called correlation period.
Virtual simulation to ensure the safety of vehicles
To meet increasing safety requirements, also with regard to the ongoing development of smart mobility, various possible scenarios have to be tested to ensure the overall safety of vehicles. This not only includes traditional crash simulations, but NVH, durability, strength, stiffness and much more. By using virtual simulation the development time of new vehicles can be reduced and weak points often can be identified already before the prototype is produced and therefore offers opportunities for cost reduction. Virtual simulations thereby are very often correlated with physical testing to ensure accuracy and reliability.