Additional functionality in future passenger vehicles will also be provided in the form of autonomous driving systems. In this paper an alternative method for the whole development process of future autonomous vehicle systems is described. Due to the fact that the verification and validation of vehicle dynamics results for future automotive systems can be seen as a major challenge within the development process special emphasis is given on this topic. Therefore the paper includes the use of a scaled mock-up in conjunction with similitude analysis. The presented method is integrated within the mechatronic development guideline VDI 2206 ”Design methodology for mechatronic systems” worked out by a committee of the German Association of Engineers (VDI) in order to satisfy special needs within the development process. Furthermore the scaled mock-up belonging to the University Duisburg-Essen including first results is presented in this paper.