VdTÜV Position: Independent Inspection of Roadworthiness and Operational Safety of Modern Vehicles – For Their Entire Life Cycle

Modern vehicles are no longer just hardware, but rather components of a digitally interconnected and integrated mobility ecosystem. The path to highly automated and connected driving goes hand in hand with a significant increase in complex and interdependent systems both inside and outside the vehicle. In future, it will be possible to make remote changes to a vehicle’s functionality from a cloud using radio technology.
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TÜV Rheinland, Berlin (© VdTÜV)

Current assistance systems, such as distance control, turning assistants for commercial vehicles or automated parking aids, have numerous control units using intelligent and complex sensors and actuators. The safety of vehicles and systems is increasingly defined by the most secure and up-to-date software for the respective vehicle components and the entire vehicle system. The further development and safeguarding of these systems by means of software updates provided by the manufacturers will become necessary with increasing frequency. Therefore, future testability in the context of periodic technical inspections (PTI) for the entire vehicle life cycle must already be implemented during the development and approval of these systems.

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