PROSTEP Presentations at VVM Funding Project’s Mid-term Event

Darmstadt, March 2022 – How can automated driving systems be reliably tested and safely put on the road? This is the subject of the project “Verification & Validation Methods” (VVM), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. At the mid-term event on March 15 and 16 participants will present initial results. Project partner PROSTEP will also be represented at the online event with two presentations. The PROSTEP speakers will present the demonstrator of a traceability solution (TRACY) that supports the verification and validation process. It is developed as part of the project and is freely available to all participants for the duration of the event.

The VVM funding project has set itself the goal of developing a traceable proof of safety for automated driving systems including the necessary verification and validation methods. To achieve this, approaches have been developed based on the PEGASUS project, which are to be anchored via standards in industrial development processes. The project thus plays a key role in the automated mobility of the future. Together with the project partners, PROSTEP has developed, for example, a methodology for deriving and describing system capabilities from formal behavioral specifications. In addition, with the development of TRACY, the PLM consulting and software house supports the verification and validation process by baselining the project results.

The project, which was started in 2019, will provide insights into initial results and developments at its public mid-term presentation on March 15 and 16. On the first day of the virtual event, speakers will present in detail the methods, approaches and tool applications developed in the project. Three parallel sessions in the afternoon will offer the opportunity to get to know the main topics of the project. For example, Kim Steinkirchner and Christian Bühler from PROSTEP will talk about the “Usage of Baselining and Traceability Demonstrator Developed in VVMethods”, while Tamara Hofmann will present a “Capability-based architecture for automated vehicles in urban environment”. Both PROSTEP presentations will take place live on March 15 at 4:15 pm.

The second day will focus on the international perspective and how the presented results fit into this context. If you would like to attend the event, you can register here for free:

The VVM project is a joint project of 22 partners from industry and research under the leadership of Robert Bosch GmbH and BMW AG. It builds on the already completed PEGASUS project and was developed from the VDA Flagship Initiative for Autonomous and Connected Driving (VDA LI). You can find out more about the project here:


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