24 Apr 19

Ford, GM & Toyota create consortium to address autonomous vehicle safety

Ford, General Motors, Toyota and SAE International have formed the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) to identify safety principles for testing and developing level 4 and level 5 autonomous vehicles.

Edward Straub, the consortium’s executive director, said that as the number of demonstrations and pilot projects involving level 4 and level 5 autonomous vehicles has gone up, there has been a gap in the safety principles and practices that are going on in public.

Best practices

The consortium partners plan to share experience from testing and development practice to compile industry best practices. This list will then be released to serve as a reference point for other manufacturers, technology developers and regulatory authorities.

Mr Straub told Automotive News he expects more manufacturers and technology companies to join the consortium in the future.

Also read our report on Tesla’s autonomous vehicle plans, which includes an overview of the levels of autonomous vehicles.

Who’s who

SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. Its nearly 200,000 engineers, experts and volunteers connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean and accessible mobility solutions.

Ford, General Motors and Toyota are carmakers that are developing self-driving and electric mobility solutions for the future.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck