Motional enlists TÜV SÜD for robotaxi evaluation

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Autonomous driving technology developer Motional says it intends to work with TÜV SÜD, the German independent technical service provider with extensive experience assessing autonomous vehicles (AVs), on the safety evaluation process of its next-generation robotaxi.

In preparation for commercial deployments of its robotaxis, Motional is undertaking a multi-year safety evaluation process to demonstrate that the vehicle, including its driverless systems and supporting technology, is safe for fully driverless operation on public roads. Motional has enlisted TÜV SÜD to be part of the process.

“The safety of our passengers and other road users is at the core of our technology development,” said Dean Degazio, head of safety at Motional. “By choosing to work with TÜV SÜD on the Ioniq 5 robotaxi evaluation, we’re once again going above and beyond industry norms, and are setting a new standard on AV safety.”

Throughout the engagement, Motional will leverage TÜV SÜD’s expertise in assessing safety architectures, functional safety and cybersecurity. TÜV SÜD’s teams will work closely with Motional’s engineers to review their processes, system designs and analytical data. The company notes that this level of independent review will put its safety standards under an even higher degree of scrutiny and transparency than the company’s already rigorous practices.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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