Eleven A-list automakers, suppliers and tech companies have joined forces to help the industry come up with standards for developing safe automated passenger vehicles.
In a white paper issued last week, automakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen, along with suppliers Aptiv and Continental and tech firms Baidu, Here, Infineon and Intel set a nonbinding framework for building, testing and operating AVs.
The report summarizes "safety by design," verification and validation methods for Level 3 and Level 4 automated driving. Level 4 systems are fully autonomous but restricted to predefined geographic areas. Level 3, or conditional autonomy, requires that human drivers serve as backups, prepared to take the wheel in certain circumstances.
"In order to reach safe and consistent global development and deployment of automated vehicles, it is critical that we work across our space, with other industry leaders and regulators, to develop a universal safety criterion for automated vehicles," Michael Hafner, head of drive technologies and automated driving at Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said in a statement.
Organizers say the report, called "Safety First for Automated Driving," offers AV developers and operations "a system for clear traceability that proves AVs to be 'safer than the average drivers' through components such as cameras or steering systems."
— Leslie J. Allen