PEGASUS—First Steps for the Safe Introduction of Automated Driving

  • Hermann Winner
  • Karsten Lemmer
  • Thomas Form
  • Jens Mazzega
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


PEGASUS (Project for the Establishment of Generally Accepted Quality Criteria, Tools and Methods as well as Scenarios and Situations for the Release of Highly Automated Driving Functions) is a joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) which seeks to close the gaps in the testing and release of automated vehicles (see Fig. 1) and supports the rapid transfer of existing functions and prototypes into series production (Fig. 2). PEGASUS intends to answer these central questions. What is the minimum performance level for an automated vehicle? How do human beings perform (as a reference value)? What can and must automation deliver (and what not)? How can it be demonstrated that the automated vehicle performs reliably?
Fig. 1

Current state of development of highly automated driving

Fig. 2

Advancement through PEGASUS


Automated driving Testing Quality criteria Tools and methods Scenarios and situations Release of highly automated driving functions PEGASUS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Winner
    • 1
  • Karsten Lemmer
    • 2
  • Thomas Form
    • 3
  • Jens Mazzega
    • 4
  1. 1.Technische Universität Darmstadt, Automotive EngineeringDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft- Und Raumfahrt E. V., German Aerospace Center (DLR)CologneGermany
  3. 3.Volkswagen AGWolfsburgGermany
  4. 4.Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft- Und Raumfahrt E. V., German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Transportation SystemsBraunschweigGermany

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