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Automotive Certification Program

Automotive Certification Program

Certification is essential for the Automobile Market as it guarantees adherence to industry standards, ensuring seamless integration of networking technologies in vehicles. This certification assures reliability, safety, and compatibility, driving innovation and advancing the future of automotive connectivity.

Our Current Automotive Certification Program is based on  the following:

  • Avnu Automotive Certification (802.1DG)


To learn more about the Certification Program follow the links below:

Authorized Test Labs

Avnu has Certification testing at new Registered Test Facilities (RTF) around the world. These well-recognized, globally dispersed test labs offer lower shipping times, competitive pricing models, and streamline the process for members seeking to certify products and make communications between testing sites and vendors seamless. These additional test sites and locations give Avnu Alliance greater ability to scale testing capacity to meet demand, while also allowing device manufacturers to enter products into testing with less lead time prior to release. 

Avnu Alliance Certification Testing must be conducted at an Avnu-approved Recognized Test Facility.  These test facilities have been selected, evaluated, and audited by Avnu and found to meet the requirements to conduct Avnu Certification Testing in accordance with Avnu Policies defined by the Avnu Certification Work Group. The scope of testing for each Recognized Test Facility is captured in the table below.

The UNH-IOL is an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry. The first approved test laboratory for Avnu certification, the UNH-IOL works in cooperation with the Alliance to provide certification test tools to Avnu members for in-house pre-certification testing.

Recognized Test Facilities: Scope of Testing

The Scope of Lab Testing is maintained on the Avnu Certification Information & Documents wiki page.

The Scope of Lab Testing table will be updated as new features are introduced.

Steps for Certification:

  1. Become an Avnu Alliance member, and pay the applicable annual membership fee.
  2. (Optional) Purchase Avnu’s Express Test Tool to help in the development of your product prior to going to test lab.
  3. Applicant registers product with Avnu Alliance using the Certification Management System.
  4. Upon approval of the above and confirmation of member’s status, Avnu’s Technical Programs Manager will inform the Applicant and the Recognized Test Facility (RTF) of Applicant’s choice of the product assigned TestID (TID), test versions, CRSL version, and other information.
  5. Remit payment of Avnu Product Registration fee to Avnu Admin.
  6. RTF executes required conformance test cases ensuring tests are executed correctly. After testing is complete, RTF issues preliminary test report(s) for review by the Applicant.
  7. If the device fails, the Applicant is notified of the failure and reason. The Applicant and RTF collaborate to determine whether the Product needs to be fixed or a Waiver should be submitted.  The Applicant will work with the RTF and Avnu Technical Programs Manager as outlined in the Certification Process Flow to fix the product and retest, or have the failure waived.
  8. If the device passes, the RTF generates a Certification report for review by the Applicant and Avnu Technical Programs Manager. If the Avnu Technical Programs Manager approves of the passing Certification report, certification of conformance is granted to the Product and the CertificationID (CID) is issued.

More information about the Avnu Certification process can be found on the members-only site (login required).

Certification Test Tools

Test Tools

Avnu Alliance members can save time and gain a competitive advantage by using UNH InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) software, Violett, to conduct in-house pre-testing to prepare for Avnu Certification. Since 2012, UNH-IOL has collaborated with the Avnu Alliance to develop UNH-IOL Violett™ for Avnu to provide comprehensive testing for TSN for Avnu Certification. This software offers multiple TSN test suites and debugging tools, producing detailed logs and captures to allow developers to prepare their products for certification quickly.

UNH-IOL Violett for Avnu covers all ProAV Bridge and Automotive tests, with a REST interface supporting the user’s Continuous Integration (CI)  needs. Common network adapters such as the Intel i210 and Oregano Systems’ syn1588 NIC are supported for enhanced timing accuracy.  Support for credit-based shaper (FQTSS) testing using Keysight Ixia Novus TSN ports via IxNetwork is also available.

With its precise automated pass/fail results, comprehensive network captures, and easily accessible test logs for later analysis, the UNH-IOL Violett for Avnu software ensures a confident and successful certification process.

Prepare for Avnu Certification and save time on pre-testing with UNH-IOL Violett software.


Check this chart to help determine which tool is best for your needs:

(Only Active Certification Programs are listed)

Test Tool

Certification Programs

Product Debugging


Avnu Express Test Tool







ProAV Bridge, Automotive

 ProAV Bridge, Automotive


Benefits of Attending

Avnu Alliance members benefit from participating in pre-certification plugfests that offer a unique hands-on opportunity for engineers to test connectivity and interoperability. Plugfests are useful for cross-pollinating best practices between developers from different companies and bootstrapping test plans when common implementation mistakes are seen. Plugfests can also help members spot product issues early on in the process, analyze device behavior and make changes to improve interoperability before entering certification testing.

Top 5 reasons to Attend a Plugfest:

  1. Access to multiple development tools
  2. Support with debugging
  3. Interop testing with other Avnu member products – This helps to ensure a positive user experience when purchasing Avnu Certified Products
  4. Access to the latest test plans
  5. Confidence in the Certification Process/Program and to Ask the experts if you have any questions


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