Consortium presents autonomous driving roadmap

Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler and VW among automated driving leaders

Published: July 2, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: July 8, 2019, 3:25 AM

Autonomous driving test vehicle designation

Eleven leaders in the development of autonomous vehicles, including five car companies, have banded together to publish a non-binding framework for the development, testing and validation of safe autonomous passenger vehicles.

Volkswagen e-Golf autonomous test car

“Safety First for Automated Driving,” (SaFAD), is the largest report on how to put safety at the forefront of building, testing and operating each automated vehicle. The group includes Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen, as well as auto-components giant Continental, advanced software, electrical and sensing systems developer Aptiv, connectivity and artificial intelligence company Baidu, mapping and location-mapping company HERE, semiconductor manufacturer Infineon, and technology giant Intel.

SaFAD offers, for the first time, automated vehicle (AV) developers and operators a system for clear traceability that illustrates to all interested parties that AVs are “safer than the average driver” through components such as cameras, sensors and driving aids. It also summarizes widely accepted safety by design, and verification and validation methods for Level 3 and Level 4 automated driving (where the systems monitor the driving environment with conditional or high automation, respectively, but not full automation as in Level 5).

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The report’s 12 Guiding Principles outline the capabilities of AVs through safe-by-design elements, and through the scope of the partners’ expertise, cover all facets of an AV’s development from automaker, components and technology.

The report also aims to unite all the different methodologies that have been developed by the various companies invested in the automated driving future, and set a roadmap for future companies aiming to get into the movement.

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Authors of Safety First for Automated Driving and experts from each of the participating partners will present the work at industry and technology conferences over the coming months.