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Testing safety systems of autonomous transport

The quality of safety systems of autonomous means of transport is an important topic when choosing suppliers and obtaining permission to experiment. To obtain an exemption, robotTUNER has developed a methodology approved by the RDW for Hazard and Risk Analysis HARA. A complete analysis is carried out of the vehicle and the route on which it is used.

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This is the basis of the current exemptions for autonomous transport and works more or less the same for the other modalities (air, rail and water) in addition to road.

A number of developments are important in order to take the next step from exemptions to scaling up and broader use of autonomous transport. Vehicle certification is one of them. The technology of autonomous vehicles must also take steps to really be able to handle itself in more complex situations and at higher speeds. From 2020, the province of Groningen has therefore worked together with Horus and 5Groningen, among others, on an extensive test with various object classification systems. This is an essential step. Autonomous vehicles see everything in their sensors as ‘an object’ without attaching specific characteristics to it. By classifying these objects, these characteristics can be linked to each object and the autonomous vehicle can then estimate much better how it should respond. There are now several systems for this on the market. The best systems were tested in this project, so that the most suitable for each situation could be determined and improved and is now also being applied.