Autonomous Vehicles

Achieve compliance with all testing and design criteria required to launch your autonomous vehicle solution. A complete service offering that covers full vehicle homologation / testing, cellular regulatory and carrier approvals, bluetooth compatibility, FCC compliance, device durability testing, and short range wireless communications testing for vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure V2V / V2I communication. Everything up to and including expert level development support and interoperability assurance services.

As wireless communications technology opens the door to limitless possibilities within the transportation sector we continue to invest in comprehensive capabilities to support your success in this emerging market. Our experts provide design guidance, testing, and certification for your vehicle and infrastructure devices. They ensure the quality and interoperability of your software applications, and they support compliance for global requirements.

Intertek’s Connected Car Services Matrix

TelematicsConnected VehiclesAutonomous Vehicles
Telematics Wireless Device Testing (TCUs)Car2X, V2X, V2V and V2I Testing for Short Range CommunicationNHTSA Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
Bluetooth Testing / WiFi TestingSoftware Assurance Mobile App Performance / InteroperabilityFunctional Safety ISO 26262 / ISO 61508
Automotive OEM Design Validation Testing (DVP&R)Global Connected Vehicle RequirementsFull Vehicle Homologation / Track and Road Testing

 

NHTSA Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recognized a dual responsibility in adapting to autonomous vehicle technology with relevant regulations while concurrently minimizing barriers that may unnecessarily impede the advancement of the technology. NHTSA readily acknowledges that automated vehicle systems have the potential to save lives by removing unpredictable and distracted behaviors of drivers.

The current response from NHTSA is expressed in the “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy” September 2016. This policy has been clearly issued as a “Guidance” document; however, it is equally candid in its prediction that all or most of the guidelines may transition to mandates.

Intertek is developing an audit service that provides a third party review of compliance to the 15 categories cited in the federal policy, as preparation for the submission of the “Safety Assessment” documentation to NHTSA.

  1. Data Recording and Sharing
  2. Privacy
  3. System Safety
  4. Vehicle Cybersecurity
  5. Human Machine Interface
  6. Crashworthiness
  7. Consumer Education and Training
  8. Registration and Certification
  9. Post‐Crash Behavior
  10. Federal, State and Local Laws
  11. Ethical Considerations
  12. Operational Design Domain
  13. Object and Event Detection and Response
  14. Fall Back (Minimal Risk Condition)
  15. Validation Methods

 

Functional Safety – Automotive Safety Integrity Levels

Every engineered system has risks: risks to people, risks to the environment, and risks to the surrounding infrastructure. Functional safety is the planned reduction of those risks through automated safety systems. This involves a holistic analysis - evaluating all of a vehicles systems as an entire working unit to determine how the vehicle’s hardware and software interact and how it responds to user inputs and the environment in which it is expected to function.

Functional safety extends to the use of electronics, software, and other types of systems to mitigate risk for a vehicle, typically accomplished through equipment with sensory, logic, and control elements.  These systems can include features that make decisions with regards to the autonomous control of the vehicle. In many cases these features would be classified as ASIL-D, the highest classification of injury risk defined in ISO 26262 and as such require the highest level of scrutiny when assessing risks and ensuring that safety goals are sufficient and have been achieved.

Intertek has a full scope of services to support functional safety goals and ISO 26262 compliance;

  • Product design troubleshooting & recommendations
  • R&D support
  • Identify/solve regulatory & certification requirements
  • Identify/solve testing challenges
  • Performance & safety assessments
  • Systems plan development, including analysis on integrated components
  • Assistance with documentation
  • New technology requirements
  • New automotive market demand
  • Simplifying complex requirements
  • Design for compliance with current/upcoming regulations
  • Avoid common failure pitfalls
  • Resolve existing issues and anticipate future challenges
  • NRTL Functional Safety Certification to ISO 26262
  • IEC 61508 SIL Mark

 

Full Vehicle Testing Services

Intertek performs full vehicle testing both on the track and over the road. Advanced autonomous vehicle technologies require a comprehensive approach to both track and road testing in order to ensure robust safety and reliability in all the conditions that the autonomous system will face while operating in different environments.

Intertek has a full scope of track and road testing including:

  • Accelerated Mileage Accumulation
  • Acceleration/Deceleration
  • Braking
  • Coastdown
  • Data Acquisition and Comprehensive Reporting
  • Energy Storage System Cycling and Performance Measurement
  • Environmental Chamber Vehicle Testing
  • EV Infrastructure Testing
  • Fleet Vehicle Monitoring
  • High-Temperature Vehicle Validation
  • Public Road & Closed Track Testing
  • Range
  • Rough Road Testing
  • Evaluate Interoperability between Devices and Vehicles

Standards We Test To:

  • OBD-II In-Use Monitoring data collection and reporting in compliance with 13CCR 1968.2
  • FreedomCAR 42 V Battery Test Manual
  • FreedomCAR Battery Test Manual for Power-Assist Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Electric Vehicle Capacitor Test Procedures
  • USABC Electric Vehicle Battery Test Procedures Manual, Rev 2
  • SAE J1321 EPA Smartway
  • SAE J227a Electric Vehicle Testing
  • SAE J2894 Power Quality Testing
  • SAE J1666 Acceleration and Deceleration Testing
  • SAE J1263 Coastdown Testing

 

Full Vehicle Homologation Services

Automotive safety and governmental standards vary greatly around the world. Automotive homologation is the process of certifying that these standards have been satisfied. Whether on a full vehicle or component level, the process of testing and subsequent reporting to the regulatory authorities that allow the vehicle to be sold in the U.S. or Europe is arduous, time-consuming, and subject to strict requirements. Intertek’s global experience can be your single source to help guide you through the maze and get you to market faster and more efficiently.

Intertek is able assist with many of the United States FMVSS and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) standards, including:

  • FMVSS 101 – Controls and Displays
  • FMVSS 102 – Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect
  • FMVSS 103 – Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems
  • FMVSS 104 – Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems
  • FMVSS 105 – Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems
  • FMVSS 106 – Brake Hoses
  • FMVSS 108 – Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment
  • FMVSS 110 – Tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity.
  • FMVSS 111 – Rearview Mirrors
  • FMVSS 113 – Hood Latch System
  • FMVSS 114 – Theft Protection
  • FMVSS 116 – Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids
  • FMVSS 118 – Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems
  • FMVSS 120 – Tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity
  • FMVSS 121 – Air Brake Systems
  • FMVSS 123 – Motorcycle controls and displays
  • FMVSS 124 – Accelerator Control Systems
  • FMVSS 125 – Warning Devices
  • FMVSS 135 – Light Vehicle Brake Systems
  • FMVSS 138 – Tire pressure monitoring systems
  • FMVSS 139 – New pneumatic radial tires for light vehicles
  • FMVSS 201 – Occupant Protection in Interior Impact
  • FMVSS 202 – Head Restraints
  • FMVSS 203 – Impact Protection for the Driver from the Steering Control System
  • FMVSS 204 – Steering Control Rearward Displacement
  • FMVSS 205 – Glazing Materials
  • FMVSS 206 – Door Locks and Door Retention Components
  • FMVSS 207 – Seating Systems
  • FMVSS 208 – Occupant Crash Protection
  • FMVSS 212 – Windshield Mounting
  • FMVSS 214 – Side Impact Protection
  • FMVSS 216 – Roof Crush Resistance
  • FMVSS 219 – Windshield Zone Intrusion
  • FMVSS 223 – Rear Impact Guards
  • FMVSS 224 – Rear Impact Protection
  • FMVSS 301 – Fuel System Integrity
  • FMVSS 302 – Flammability of Interior Materials
  • FMVSS 500 – Low Speed Vehicles
  • FMVSS 531 – Passenger Automobile Average Fuel Economy Standards
  • FMVSS 533 – Light Truck Fuel Economy Standards
  • FMVSS 541 – Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard
  • FMVSS 564 – Replaceable Light Source Information
  • FMVSS 565 – Vehicle Identification Number - Content Requirements
  • FMVSS 566 – Manufacturer Identification
  • FMVSS 567 – Certification Regulation
  • FMVSS 570 – Vehicle-In-Use Inspection Standards
  • FMVSS 575.103 – Truck-Camper Loading
  • FMVSS 575.105 – Utility Vehicles
  • FMVSS 581 – Bumper Standard
  • FMVSS 583 – Automobile Parts Content Labeling

We also offer consulting services for companies around the world.

 

 

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