Carmakers partner with SAE International on autonomous vehicle safety standards

Ford, General Motors and Toyota are partnering with SAE International on a new consortium to work on the safe testing, development and deployment of Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles.

The new body, the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), aims to provide a safety framework for autonomous vehicle technology ahead of its wider deployment. The AVSC hopes that this work will contribute to the development of industry standards for autonomous vehicles and that it can be harmonised with the efforts of other organisations developing AV standards.

“Being able to advance the safe deployment of SAE Level 4 and Level 5 automated vehicles represents another exciting chapter in the realization of autonomous mobility and the benefits this will bring to people around the world,” said AVSC executive director Edward Straub.

The consortium will draw on its members’ expertise to establish a set of guiding principles for automated vehicle safety, aimed at helping to inform the development of industry standards. 

The AVSC is working on a roadmap of priorities that will apply to automated vehicle technology developers, manufacturers and integrators. The roadmap will focus on data sharing, vehicle interaction with other road users and safe testing guidelines.

Randy Visintainer, chief technology officer at Ford Autonomous Vehicles, said: “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.

“Our goal with the consortium is to work with industry and government partners to expedite development of standards that can lead to rule making.”

Kelly Kay, Toyota Research Institute EVP and chief safety officer, said: “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.”

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