PwC, DEKRA and the City of Hamburg’s Innovation Fund plan to launch "CertifAI" for the testing of AI products
The auditing and consulting firm PwC Germany, the largest non-listed expert organization DEKRA and the City of Hamburg plan to cooperate to launch a company for the testing and certification of Artificial Intelligence (AI) products. The project is subject to clearance by the anti-trust authorities.
This combination of competencies in the field of AI is truly unique, the spokesperson for PwC Germany’s management and co-responsible for planning the joint venture, Petra Justenhoven summarizes: "DEKRA, as a shareholder in CertifAI, brings many years of expertise in the testing and certification of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). And we, PwC, contribute our know-how regarding the strategic view of Artificial Intelligence’s opportunities and risks and how these will transform the economy. This is also where our long-standing investment in “Digital Trust in AI” and our role in shaping regulatory issues pays off. The City of Hamburg’s commitment further demonstrates the public interest in trustworthy AI-based products. We look forward to CertifAI’s planned launch in the market this winter."
Therefore, from day one the company will cooperate closely with the private and public sector, legislators, and regulators. Stan Zurkiewicz, DEKRA CEO and chairman of the board stresses: "The AI sector’s regulations, which serve as a vital basis for testing and certification, must keep pace with its rapid development. This is the only way to ensure user safety whilst building and expanding trust in Artificial Intelligence." The CEO of DEKRA DIGITAL, Dr. Kerim Galal, adds: "Trust is the foundation for the acceptance of AI in all aspects of life. Society has a legitimate interest in AI being safe and trustworthy."
Michael Westhagemann, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs, emphasizes: "AI is a key technology which is already being used today in many industries such as logistics, aviation, life science and the energy sector. In the future, this technology will shape many more areas of society and business and change our lives. CertifAI will set quality standards for Artificial Intelligence and thus create more trust. I am pleased to be involved in the foundation of the certification provider through the Innovation Fund Hamburg (“Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg”). This is another milestone both for Hamburg as an AI site and for more trust in this groundbreaking technology."