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Andreas Richter

Andreas started his career at German Aerospace Center in 2007 as computer scientist with focus on geodata processing for driving simulators and test vehicles. Later, he led the corresponding teams and managed various industry and EU research projects while contributing to the development of OpenDRIVE as well as to Road2Simulation guidelines. He received his PhD on integrated use of geodatabases. Since 2018 he worked at Volkswagen Group IT as Product Owner on backend integration for Volkswagen’s electric vehicle platform. Since 2021, he works as Engineering Program Manager for Operational Design Domain for Self-Driving Systems at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.


Implementing operational design domain for real-world operation

The concept of operational design domain (ODD) has been discussed in research and industry for a number of years but real-world applications beyond testing are not yet on the road. Regulations will demand a comprehensive ODD description for type approval as well as service area approval. Today’s ODD definitions are very generic and deliver only a few insights about the boundary conditions. This leads to additional efforts for explanation and showing (scenario-based) test results. Additionally, the argumentation of the completeness of the tests gets complicated. Having a technically precise but still human and machine-readable ODD definition could bridge this gap.