Mobileye says Germany’s independent technical service provider, TÜV Süd, had awarded it an automated vehicle testing permit.

It allows the company to drive its test vehicles in real-world traffic on all German roads at speeds up to 130kmh.

Mobileye is starting testing in Munich and also plans evaluation in other parts of Germany.

TÜV Süd enabled Mobileye to obtain approval from German authorities by validating the vehicle and functional safety concepts of Mobileye’s AV test vehicle.

This allows Mobileye to perform AV testing anywhere in Germany, including urban and rural areas as well as the autobahn at regular driving speeds of up to 130kmh. The AV testing in Germany in real-world traffic is starting now in and around Munich.

“Mobileye is eager to show the world our self-driving vehicle technology and safety solutions as we get closer to making safe, affordable self-driving mobility solutions and consumer vehicles a reality,” said Mobility-as-a-Service [MaaS] VP, Johann Jungwirth.

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“The new AV Permit provides us an opportunity to instil even more confidence in autonomous driving with future riders, global automakers and international transportation agencies. We thank TÜV Sud for their trusted collaboration as we expand our AV testing to public roads in Germany.”

Mobileye says it is one of the first non-OEM companies to receive a permit to test AVs on open roads in Germany. Until now, AV test drives in Germany have primarily taken place in closed and simulated environments.

The basis for the independent vehicle assessment by TÜV Sud in Germany, builds on Mobileye’s existing programme in place in Israel, where it has tested AVs for several years.

On the heels of Mobileye’s acquisition of Moovit, a MaaS solutions company, as well as recent collaborations to test and deploy self-driving vehicles in France, Japan, Korea and Israel, the new testing permit strengthens Mobileye’s global position as an AV technology, as well as mobility solutions provider.

The new permit will allow Mobileye to demonstrate the safety, functionality and scalability of its self-driving system (SDS) for MaaS and consumer autonomous vehicles. The Mobileye SDS is comprised of vision sensing technology, True Redundancy with two independent perception sub-systems, crowd-sourced mapping in the form of Road Experience Management (REM) and its Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) driving policy.

Although the first tests of AVs using Mobileye’s SDS will be completed in Munich, the company plans to also perform AV testing in other parts of Germany. In addition, Mobileye expects to scale open-road testing in other countries before the end of 2020.

In order to obtain the authorisation, Mobileye-powered AV test vehicles underwent a series of safety tests and provided technical documentation.

Part of the application also included a detailed hazard analysis, vehicles safety and functional safety concepts and proof the cars can be safely integrated into public road traffic; an assessment made possible using Mobileye’s RSS.