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Forbes Transportation Article

New Ideas Presented To Keep Passengers In Robocars From Panicking

PUBLISHED Tuesday, July 14, 11:03 AM EDT


It’s a potentially scary scenario. A passenger riding in an autonomous vehicle thinks something is going wrong and senses some sort of emergency the AV’s system’s can’t handle. What to do? A consortium of automakers, rideshare companies and SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers) has come up with new guidelines aimed at reducing those fears.

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) laid out what it terms “best practices” in a publication titled “Passenger-Initiated Emergency Trip Interruption.” The document’s best practices focus on passengers riding in fleet-operated vehicles.

“We’re really Looking ahead to a time when these vehicles are commercially available and passengers are riding and we’re trying to anticipate some of their needs and calibrate their expectations when they’re on board,” said Dr. Edward Straub, AVSC Executive Director in a web interview. “This one’s really about giving passengers a sense of agency, where, they if they perceive an emergency that they have some recourse in a vehicle that is otherwise controlling the entire dynamic driving task.”

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AVSC Releases 3rd Best Practice

AVSC Publishes Guidance for Passenger-Initiated Emergency Features for Autonomous Vehicles

2020-07-09 WARRENDALE, PA.


Third published best practice gives passengers control to make an emergency stop or call

WARRENDALE, Pa. (July 9, 2020) – In the event a passenger perceives an emergency during a trip in a fully autonomous vehicle, how can they intervene? And what vehicle actions should passengers expect? These are the latest questions that The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) tackled in their third published best practice titled, Passenger-Initiated Emergency Trip Interruption.

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AVSC Releases 2nd Best Practice

Describing an Operational Design Domain: Conceptual Framework and Lexicon

2020-04-30 WARRENDALE, PA.


Latest best practice provides recommendations for a common framework and vocabulary to help guide the on-road testing of SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles

WARRENDALE, Pa. (April 30, 2020)The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) today announced the availability of its second published best practice titled, Describing an Operational Design Domain (ODD): Conceptual Framework and Lexicon. The best practice provides a much-needed conceptual framework and common language that all manufacturers and developers can use in defining and communicating the ODD for their automated driving systems (ADS)-operated vehicles with users.

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Volkswagen

Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Welcomes The Volkswagen Group as its Newest Member, Expanding its International Expertise

2019-12-12 WARRENDALE, PA.


The Volkswagen Group Joins Expanding List of Automakers and Ride Share Operators to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa. (December 12, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™️ (AVSC) today bolstered its international reach by welcoming The Volkswagen Group as the latest member of the consortium. This recent addition will further support the AVSC in developing best safety practices around which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly developed and adopted ahead of broad deployment.

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AVSC Releases 1st Best Practice

Automated Vehicle Testing Safety Operator Procedures Released by Collaborative Group of Top Vehicle Manufacturers and Ride Share Providers

2019-11-12 WARRENDALE, PA.


The best practices provide a structure for AV safety driver qualifications and training to help ensure safe automated vehicle (AV) testing operations across companies

WARRENDALE, Pa. (November 12, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) released today its first written best practice for In-Vehicle Fallback Test Driver (IFTD) (safety operator) selection, training and oversight procedures. To promote safe development and testing, the best practice provides a structure for the qualifications and training of the humans that are on-board and responsible for safety oversight during the testing of automated driving systems SAE Level 4 and 5 research vehicles. The IFTD best practice, along with all future best practices developed by the AVSC, will be supported by all consortium members in their safety operations.

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Honda

Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Adds Honda as Latest Member of Growing Consortium

2019-11-07 WARRENDALE, PA.


Honda Joins SAE International, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Uber ATG, Daimler and Lyft to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Autonomous Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa. (November 7, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) today expanded its international reach with the addition of Honda to the consortium. The AVSC, which launched in April 2019, convenes leading OEM and technology member organizations to collaborate on the development of best safety practices around which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly developed and adopted ahead of broad deployment.

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CNBC Tech Story

Take a peek inside Lyft’s lab where 400 engineers are working on self-driving cars

PUBLISHED TUE, NOV 5 2019 9:01 AM EST


Lyft, the second largest ride-hailing service in the U.S., once helped disrupt the taxi industry. Now, the company is working hard to avoid being disrupted itself as self-driving cars turn from sci-fi into reality.

According to Taggart Matthiesen, vice president of product at Lyft’s Autonomous Group, the company has assigned around 400 of its engineers to work on two distinct self-driving initiatives.

One is the “open platform” where Lyft connects passengers with semi-autonomous vehicles created by its partners, including Aptiv in Las Vegas and Alphabet’s Waymo in Chandler, Arizona. The other is Lyft’s effort to create its own self-driving systems, work that it does primarily at Level 5, its sizable lab in an unassuming office park in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Lyft

Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Expands Technological Expertise with Addition of Lyft as Latest Member of Growing Consortium

2019-10-15 WARRENDALE, PA.


Lyft Joins SAE International, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Uber ATG and Daimler to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Autonomous Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa. (October 15, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) today strengthened its commitment to safety with the inclusion of Lyft to the consortium. Launched in April 2019, the consortium includes leading OEM and technology member organizations that collaborate for the common goal of developing best safety practices around which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly adopted and evolved in advance of broad deployment.

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Daimler

Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Expands Global Presence, Adds Daimler to Growing Consortium

2019-10-03 WARRENDALE, PA.


Daimler Joins SAE International, Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Uber ATG to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Automated Vehicle Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa. (October 3, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) today welcomed Daimler as the latest member of the consortium. The addition of the Daimler brands deepens the AVSC’s connection in the European market as consortium members collaborate on the development of best safety practices around which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly developed and adopted ahead of broad deployment.

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Uber ATG

Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Welcomes Uber ATG as First New Member in Growing Consortium

2019-08-13 WARRENDALE, PA.


Uber ATG Joins SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Autonomous Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa. (August 13, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) announced today that Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG) has joined the consortium. Consortium members collaborate on the development of best safety practices around which autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can responsibly evolve in advance of broad deployment.

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AVSC Founding Members (Ford, GM, Toyota)

SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota Announce Formation of Consortium to Address Autonomous Vehicle Safety

2019-04-03 WARRENDALE, PA.


SAE International, along with Ford, General Motors (GM) and Toyota today 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.

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