One of TÜV Rheinland’s core businesses has always been mobility testing. More than nine million vehicles are tested every year – a contribution to increased safety on the roads. However, digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and applications of artificial intelligence are also changing the mobility sector and paving the way for developments such as autonomous driving and the increasing connectivity of transport infrastructure. No wonder then that that our experts are putting all their energy into ensuring that the mobility of the future is safe and secure.
The future of mobility: a secure world of smart devices
Let’s take the Internet of Things as an example: The IoT market is developing at a rapid pace, with 50 billion wireless devices expected to be connected worldwide by 2020. With that comes an increased responsibility on the part of product manufacturers to comply with demanding regulatory and standardization requirements. Comprehensive testing is an important component to successfully enter this market. TÜV Rheinland is prepared for this and offers end-to-end wireless test solutions for evaluation and certification. In our expanded lab in Nuremberg – the second largest of its kind in Europe – we test mobile technologies such as LTE and 5G. As a recognized member of the 5GAA Association, we are also committed to the development of future mobility standards.
A secure world of smart vehicles
As the digital transformation advances, vehicle equipment will also become smarter: From networked services to real-time diagnostics to classic GPS – vehicles have a multitude of intelligent functions that enable them to act independently on many levels. Like any smart product, however, the connected car also becomes the target of cyberattacks. TÜV Rheinland wants to support the automotive industry in testing, detecting and averting the increasing threats to cybersecurity. One focus of cybersecurity tests is on detecting hidden vulnerabilities in the vehicle software. Our testing labs are equipped with automated tools for testing vehicle control units with repeatable results. This testing framework covers more than 30 checkpoints from the following categories: CAN bus probing, individual ECU testing, and CAN communication testing between several ECUs.
Connected vehicles are an essential component to the future of mobility. These vehicles use wireless technologies for infotainment and communication and service purposes, as well as advanced systems for connecting to their environment like V2X (vehicle-to-everything), a technology that allows vehicles to communicate with moving parts of the traffic system around them. V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) allows vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, whereas V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) enables them to communicate with external systems such as streetlights, buildings, emergency-vehicles or even cyclists or pedestrians.
Connected vehicles collect and interpret large amounts of data from a vast number of sources. They rely on wireless networks to communicate in real time with each other and with the relevant infrastructure. TÜV Rheinland’s experts assist in the qualification of connected vehicles by performing comprehensive testing, type approval and market access services. They support the testing process for systems and components and provide expert advice on legal regulations and specific regional standards.
A secure world of smart ecosystems
Technical advances in IT, sensor, radar and camera technology, telecommunication as well as other areas will soon open up possibilities that still sounded utopian a few years ago: getting picked up by a driverless car and being driven from door to door. No traffic jams, no accidents and no environmental damage caused by mobility – that’s Vision Zero. Increasing digitalization and connectivity, for example in conjunction with new ADAS technologies, are giving rise today to completely new business models within the mobility ecosystem.
There is also an increasing focus on infrastructure. From transforming entire cities into smart cities to integrating individual components such as intelligent meters, sensors for the early detection of natural disasters or networked traffic flows – smart cities are a hot topic. However, there are still some obstacles to overcome on the road to the smart city of the future. Information security and data protection, information silos, mass data aggregation, interoperability and sensor overload are just a few areas that still raise many questions today.
TÜV Rheinland is committed to making sure that the new connected world (of mobility) is safe and trustworthy – for example by engaging in projects that make tomorrow’s mobility tangible today and show the technology behind it – and is involved in the development of necessary new regulations.