The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™

Stepping forward for safer automated vehicle deployments.

Stepping up to earn the public's trust.

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MEMBERS SHARING A COMMITMENT

Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) members are actively involved in testing and on-road pilots of automated vehicles. They have decades of experience introducing safe and trusted vehicles. SAE International® and the SAE Industry Technologies Consortia® (SAE ITC) are convening the charter and future members to establish safety and testing principles focused on the safe deployment of SAE Level 4 and Level 5 automated driving systems.

Working together to advance safer testing, development and deployment of automated vehicles.

SAFETY

As testing and pilot deployments occur in greater numbers in public settings, we recognize the paramount need to establish safety principles for the operation of AVs. Together, our work will inform and accelerate industry-wide safety standards for automated driving systems, so we may earn the trust of local communities as pilots and deployments become more widespread.

PRINCIPLES

The consortium’s safety principles fall into three themes: proper systems in place for testing, interaction with people and systems, and the collection, protection, and sharing of data. These technology-neutral principles are key considerations for deploying AVs on public roads.

We are actively publishing new principles. Access them today here.

CONFIDENCE

Public confidence and acceptance of AVs is crucial for their success, both in testing and deployment on public roads. Through their involvement with SAE International, members have a long history of collaborating on critical safety issues related to the operation of automobiles. The AVSC is another example of this, and will lead to guidelines for robust safety standards the public can trust.

AVSC Best Practice for Evaluation of Behavioral Competencies for Automated Driving System Dedicated Vehicles (ADS-DVs)

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Recommends an elemental list of behavioral competencies, lexicon, and framework for ADS developers to evaluate the safety performance of an ADS-DV.  Linking behavioral competencies to a key set of scenarios for a given ODD provides relevant evidence for ADS safety performance and contributes to the manufacturer’s case for safety. 
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AVSC Information Report for Adapting a Safety Management System (SMS) for Automated Driving System (ADS) SAE Level 4 and 5 Testing and Evaluation 

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Shares information on how a Safety Management System (SMS) framework can support ADS test operations. This information report highlights how an integrated organizational safety approach may help risk-based decision-making during SAE Level 4 and 5 ADS testing and evaluation.
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AVSC Best Practice for Metrics and Methods for Assessing Safety Performance of Automated Driving Systems (ADS)

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Recommends a set of metrics that may be used to assess ADS safety performance of the dynamic driving task (DDT). The metrics and methods described are principally designed to provide evidence of safety performance for deployment of fleet-operated/managed SAE level 4 and 5 ADS-dedicated vehicles (ride-hailing or product delivery).
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AVSC Best Practice for First Responder Interactions with Fleet-Managed Automated Driving System-Dedicated Vehicles (ADS-DVs)

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Recommends a common approach for ADS developers to describe the interactions, protocols, and vital information, to facilitate first responder interactions with SAE level 4/5 fleet operated vehicles.
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AVSC Best Practice for Data Collection for Automated Driving System Dedicated Vehicles to Support Event Analysis

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Recommendations for uniform collection, storage, and retrievability of onboard motor vehicle ADS event data to support analysis and learning from critical driving scenarios.
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NAVIGATING TOWARD SAFER DEPLOYMENTS

The AVSC’s efforts focus on the safer deployment of AVs. It’s intended to be broadly applicable to all developers, manufacturers, and integrators of autonomous technologies for use in product deployment.

Safety Principles

The AVSC’s work consists of a set of safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems focusing on 1) testing prior to and when operating AVs on public roads, 2) data collection and sharing required to reconstruct certain events and 3) interactions between AVs and first responders.
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