SAE to Lead New Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium

SAE International, along with automakers Ford, General Motors, and Toyota is forming the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium as a forum to collaboratively test, develop, and deploy Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles.

Edward Straub, AVSC’s executive director, said in a statement on April 3 that the new consortium will “fill a critical need” by “providing a safety framework” around which autonomous vehicle or AV technology can evolve in advance of broad deployment.

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“The work will ultimately inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for AVs and harmonize with efforts of other consortia and standards bodies throughout the world,” he added.

SAE noted that the consortium plans to “leverage the expertise” of its current and future members to establish a set of AV “safety guiding principles” that will form a “roadmap” toward the development of uniform AV safety standards.

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That “roadmap” is intended to be applicable for developers, manufacturers, and integrators of automated vehicle technology and focuses on data sharing, vehicle interaction with other road users and safe testing guidelines, SAE pointed out.

“We understand that autonomous vehicles need to operate safely and reliably in concert with infrastructure and other road users to earn the trust of the communities in which they are deployed,” said Randy Visintainer, chief technology officer, at Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. “Our goal with the consortium is to work with industry and government partners to expedite development of standards that can lead to rule making.”

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“Industry collaboration in areas that act as a foundation of automated driving systems and vehicles, such as infrastructure or social systems, is a significant step for us to achieve safe deployment of autonomous vehicles,” added Kelly Kay, executive vice president and chief safety officer at the Toyota Research Institute. “The formation of this consortium creates a forum to collaborate and cooperate with various stakeholders who will play important roles in forming and synthesizing the automated vehicle eco-system of tomorrow.”

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