Ford, GM, Toyota, SAE Form AV Standards Consortium

Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and SAE International are forming a consortium to help develop industry-wide standards for autonomous vehicle technology.

The automakers have joined forces with the professional association which established levels of driving automation to form the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC). They claim it will establish a framework which they hope will inform development of AV safety standards and enable Levels 4 and 5 of autonomy to be developed and deployed safely.

The AVSC’s first project “will be a road map of priorities” aimed at AV tech manufacturers and developers, according to a statement. This road map will cover “data sharing, vehicle interaction with other road users, and safe testing guidelines”.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles chief technology officer Randy Visintainer said: “Our goal with the consortium is to work with industry and government partners to expedite development of standards that can lead to rule-making”. GM director of global vehicle safety John Capp claimed the AVSC’s formation would enable realization of AV tech’s “true benefits” and “a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion”.


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