Automotive Industry Insights

Testing and type approval – current and future regulations

The aforementioned need to relate individual test results to the remaining tests and results finds its expression in the “multi-pillar” approach put forward by GRVA (UNECE Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles) and the effort of the New Assessment/Test Method for Automated Driving (NATM) at the UNECE.

Thus, in the latest and in upcoming regulations, one can expect a more comprehensive set of requirements as compared to the past. At this point in time, the following items are discussed:

  • Scenario catalog
  • Simulation/virtual testing
  • Track testing
  • Real-world testing
  • Audit/assessment
  • In-service monitoring and reporting

Note that there are topics that can only be addressed by combinations of the above items. Some examples are:

  • Trustworthiness (simulation/virtual testing + track testing + real-world testing)
  • Qualification of tools (audit/assessment + testing + in-service monitoring)
  • Coverage of hazardous scenarios (audit/assessment + scenario catalog)
  • Sufficient exploration of unknown hazardous scenarios (real-world testing + in-service monitoring + scenario catalog)

It is these objectives that are in the focus of inspections by technical service providers.