SAE International, along with Ford, General Motors (GM) and Toyota announced they are stepping forward to form the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) that will work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development, and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles.

The AVSC will fill a critical need by providing a safety framework around which autonomous technology can responsibly evolve in advance of broad deployment. The work will ultimately inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs) and harmonize with efforts of other consortia and standards bodies throughout the world.

The consortium will leverage the expertise of its current and future members to establish a set of AV safety guiding principles to help inform standards development. The first output from the AVSC will be a roadmap of priorities. The 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 International will leverage the experience of its affiliate organization, SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC), to convene the members of the AVSC. SAE ITC has vast experience in the formation of consortia allowing the industry to quickly establish frameworks to address opportunities and challenges. The automotive industry is now leveraging SAE ITC’s successful aerospace industry-managed consortia model.