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New project VVM at the start: Legally viable and efficient homologation of autonomous vehicles

The research project VVM, short for verification and validation methods for Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles, officially launched its activities during a kickoff workshop held in Renningen, Germany on 11 and 12 July 2019.

Under the leadership of the two consortium leaders Robert Bosch GmbH and BMW Group and with funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, 23 well-known industry and research partners will jointly develop legally viable, time-efficient and cost-effective verification and validation methods. The project was developed by VDA Leitinitiative – Flagship initiative for autonomous and connected driving. The duration of the project is four years. 

For the first time these new methods will make it possible to look at the development process and safety proof in an integrated approach right at the outset of developing fully automated and autonomous systems. Doing this yields noticeable cost and time savings.

Autonomous vehicle systems are confronted with an infinite number of possible traffic situations. When introducing fully automated and autonomous driving functions, the testing and safeguarding of vehicle systems plays a key role. Using the example of the complex urban crossroads application, VVM will be developing essential innovations combining virtual and real-life tests.

EICT is in charge of project management and dissemination of results. For questions regarding the project, please contact Dr. Karsten Liesner: karsten.liesner(at)