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OEMs agree safety testing procedures for autonomous vehicles

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The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) has agreed to best practice for safety testing procedures for autonomous vehicles (AV).

The AVSC is made up of major OEMs like Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. It also has ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber as members.

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

The In-Vehicle Fallback Test Driver (IFTD) 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. 

Dr. Edward Straub, executive director of the AVSC, said: “Establishing an agreed-upon set of written principles for safety driver training is an important step to help guide the safe development and testing of SAE Level 4 and 5 vehicles.

“Through collaboration among the leaders in mobility, the AVSC is able to accelerate the creation and adoption of best practices that help support safe development and deployment of automated vehicles.”

The IFTD best practice offers test organizations and infrastructure owner-operators a baseline for test driving and pilot projects.

It recommends a progressive framework for IFTD basic driver training that includes a combination of AV knowledge and driving skill, in addition to sound teamwork and communication processes.

All current AV testing on public roads involves human oversight in some capacity, and the new IFTD best practice applies to those safety drivers in the vehicle who are responsible for the safe oversight of the vehicle during testing of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems on public roads.

Dr. Straub said: “The members of this consortium are focused on developing safe and reliable vehicles, and we are committed to applying those same principles to training IFTDs so that our communities can trust and realize the benefits of AVs for many years to come.”

The AVSC, an affiliate of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC), launched in April 2019, with the goal to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles.

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