Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium
The Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium, held in Stuttgart on 20-22 June 2017, has brought together the world’s leading engineers in the field of autonomous vehicle research, testing, validation and development. Advanced driver assistance systems giving rise to fully automated driving vehicle technology is nothing new, however, the final stages of testing, validation and fail-safing pose a huge challenge to the automotive industry.
This conference was focused entirely on the test and validation processes, as these will have to provide the highest level of assurance to legislators, highway authorities and car buyers. To guarantee that the final reality is achieved with complete safety and integrity, a high level of fidelity, rigorousness and thoroughness of the testing process is needed, leaving no scope for errors or failures. Therefore the need for more sophisticated testing and validation tools, techniques and methodology has never been greater.
Keynote presentations focused, among others, on the challenges for verification and validation of highly automated driving, the approaches for testing and type approval of automatic driving vehicles and a comprehensive modular verification and validation framework for automated systems. Technical sessions were devoted to open-road and real-world testing, sensor verification and validation, test & validation methodology for autonomous vehicles, best practices, robust cybersecurity for autonomous and connected vehicles and the use of simulation to advance system design and validation.