The official trials started last month on public roads near Friedrichshafen, southern Germany, with a fleet of self-driving vehicles navigating a complex urban environment.
UK-based autonomous vehicle (AV) software company Oxbotica reports it has ‘mastered’ driving on the right-hand side of public roads in Germany after securing AV permit recommendation from the independent inspection body TÜV SÜD.
According to Oxbotica, having completed numerous trials on the left-hand side of the road in the UK, including on the complex streets of London, the German AV permit means its AV software has proven itself capable of following the rules of the road and driving on the right in real-world conditions.
The official trials started last month on public roads near Friedrichshafen, southern Germany, with a fleet of self-driving vehicles navigating a complex urban environment. To gain the AV permit recommendation, the software company said it had to meet a rigorous assessment framework including detailed hazard analysis and the combination of physical real-world tests and scenario-based simulations.
Around two-thirds of the world’s population live in countries where cars drive on the right-hand side, including mainland Europe, the US and China. These present different situational challenges and road markings to countries like the UK, Australia and Japan, which drive on the left.
“Our ability to understand and adapt to the rules of the road for driving both on the left and right-hand side of the road provides a fast route to market for our autonomous vehicle software”
This validation testing brings Oxbotica a step closer towards the international commercial deployment of its autonomous software stack on urban and rural roads, and, it claims, is a key milestone for the UK AV industry.
“The landmark TÜV SÜD AV permit recommendation in Germany allows us to test in one of the world’s leading automotive markets, helping accelerate future deployments both in the region and globally,” said Ozgur Tohumcu, CEO at Oxbotica.
“Our ability to understand and adapt to the rules of the road for driving both on the left and right-hand side of the road provides a fast route to market for our autonomous vehicle software. It also paves the way to take our autonomous driving software internationally through the ongoing commercial engagements with our partners.”
“[Our] permit provides a neutral and independent third-party assessment process for the development of safe and secure automated mobility,” added Christian Pahlke, head of software and system at TÜV SÜD highly automated driving.
“Oxbotica’s automated driving software has proven itself capable of passing our demanding safety assessment framework, successfully completing physical real-world tests and scenario-based simulations.”
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