Mario Knop: The classic areas of testing are now also complemented by alternative drives, connected/community services, as well as advanced driver assistance functions all the way to autonomous driving. The new technologies all have their own specific requirements. Besides testing and ensuring new functions or drive types, it is also about acquiring environment and infrastructure data in advance or in parallel.
When it comes to electromobility, for example, drive reliability under a wide range of environmental conditions and in combination with other vehicle components plays an important role, in addition to the range. On top of that, compatibility with the available charging infrastructure in the individual countries/regions also has to be ensured.
Today, driver assistance functions are more and more often subjected to virtual testing, applying a wide range of scenarios with growing complexity. Here, Formel D continually expands its catalog of scenarios with traffic situations from real-life vehicle operation. In addition, marketability and reliability of new functions are tested simultaneously or right after, under real and the most diverse conditions as possible.
The acceptance of connected services, such as streaming music or real-time information when looking for a parking space by users, hinges on end-to-end availability and function that meets expectations. Depending on the goal, first comprehensive data from public traffic has to be collected and analyzed – such as the position of charging stations or designated parking spots in downtown areas – and then be made available in the corresponding applications. Validation under real conditions is then often the recommended course of action.