The goal of PEGASUS (German: Projekt zur Etablierung von generell akzeptierten Gütekriterien, Werkzeugen und Methoden sowie Szenarien und Situationen zur Freigabe hochautomatisierter Fahrfunktionen / English: Project for the establishment of generally accepted quality criteria, tools and methods, as well as scenarios and situations for the release of highly-automated driving functions) is to develop methods for the release of highly automated driving functions. The main difference between current driver assistance systems and highly automated driving functions lies in the missing supervision by a human. While until now the proof of controllability in all driving situations was sufficient, future highly automated systems must be able to handle every situation without human intervention. Current test methods, as they are deployed in today’s driver assistance systems, thus cannot be simply adopted. A proof of safety in real traffic is not feasible for reasons of cost and time due to the high safety level on German highways. Furthermore, any proof of safety would be specific to the manufacturer. To develop a generally accepted test methodology, the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy supports this joint research project with 16.3 million Euros (total volume 34.5 million Euros).

A total of 17 project partners belong to this consortium, including the biggest German automotive manufacturers and suppliers, research institutes, test organizations, as well as small and midsize companies.

Three research associates at FZD are involved in this project over a course of three years.

Thereby, FZD works on the three research topics Criticality Metric and Assessment of Human Performance, Development of Alternative Testing Methods – Functional Decomposition Approach, as well as Simulation Models for Active Sensors.

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