Three questions for Felix Kocksch, DEKRA Consortium Leader for the LAURIN research project
What were the main reasons for setting up the research project at the time?
In order for DEKRA to continue to make a contribution to road safety over the course of the expected vehicle automation, we identified a need for new test methods for future driving functions. The development of such test methods is a very complex task, because the expertise of various specialist areas must be combined. To tackle this task – and supported by funding – DEKRA has brought together all the necessary expertise in the form of project partners to form a consortium.
What added value is associated with the project for the further development of automated driving systems?
The added value lies primarily in the safety of the systems, as this can only be reliably verified using methods such as those developed in the project. The smooth interaction of the test site, communication, control center, infrastructure, and the individual automated road users – both digitally and in reality – form the basis for a reproducible validation process. Only then will it be economically feasible to reliably carry out the number of tests required to certify the safety of a driving function.
What will happen in the second half of the project and with the knowledge gained after LAURIN ends?
In the course of the research project, the goal will be to further link the developed individual components and to transfer them into an integrated overall concept – as a basis, so to speak, to be able to carry out the highly complex tests to safeguard automated driving in everyday test operations. On completion of the project, the partners will further develop their respective results from this research project into industrially usable products. The key findings will be summarized in a final report to be published in the near future.