Verification and Validation of ADAS Components for Intelligent Vehicles of the Future

Projeto Nº 69989

STEROID | Verification and Validation of ADAS Components for Intelligent Vehicles of the Future

Support under the Incentive System 

Main Goal | Strengthen research, technological development, and innovation 

Intervention Region | North 

Beneficiary Entity | VORTEX-CoLab 

Approval Date | 12-01-2021  

Start Date | 01-01-2021 

End Date | 30-06-2023  

Total Eligible Cost | 999.775,92 EUR  

European Union Financial Support | FEDER – 636.784,54 EUR 

National/Regional Public Financial Support | N.A.  



There are numerous economic, social, and environmental benefits associated with autonomous driving. However, the biggest long-term benefit concerns the increased safety that the use of these intelligent transport systems provides, which is a priority for the European Union (EU). The growing number of ADAS/AD functionalities require a platform capable of handling the exponential number of tests and scenarios needed for the requirements validation phase. Indeed, the number of integration and validation tests on critical conventional systems become exponentially unfeasible, where model-based approaches (MBSE) allow for digital disruption and the possibility of validation in a significant way. It is then possible to predict that the absence of the same system development models could mean a total impracticality in the application of validation test-drives, both real and virtual. Therefore, more important than finding a way to run large test sets is to constructively minimize them by using correct-by-construction (CbC) methodologies. To tackle these problems, the STEROID project intends to focus on two aspects that we have identified as essential at two distinct levels: 

    • strategic platform to support the creation of ADAS/AD systems through their testing and validation: 
        • co-simulation of autonomous driving and traffic infrastructure scenarios through the testing of models, software, or hardware in a simulated environment, which evaluates the behavior of ADAS components and significantly speeds up test cases that in a real environment would have a low probability of happening. 
        • continuous integration in the development of simulators and HiL (Hardware-in-the-Loop); and 
        • use of formal models and verification, to minimize the validation process applying notions of CbC, filling gaps for the purpose of ISO 21448 and in accordance with the IEEE P2846 standard, still under development.  
    • creation and/or expansion of a highly connected and intelligent ecosystem with V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication infrastructures fundamental to accelerate technologies progress towards autonomous driving systems and to establish an industrial strategy at national level with relevant competitiveness in the global market.