Autonomous cars overcome another hurdle: international terminology standard published image

To keep up with automated vehicle technology advances and provide the global engineering community with a common platform to work from, the SAE International published a new taxonomy.

As evidenced on the show floor of the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit this week, new car models increasingly include features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and parking assist systems which demonstrate that vehicle technology is progressing toward automated/autonomous state.

This has now been regulated by the SAE International On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee in their new “Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems“ report.

“Today’s technological advancements in the automotive industry come at a high pace. This requires engineering standards to be applied much quicker,” Jack Pokrzywa, Manager, Ground Vehicle Standards, SAE International, said. “SAE International’s technical standards committees are doing a tremendous job in ensuring that consensus based process helps to apply new technology in vehicles worldwide.”

The report provides a taxonomy describing the full range of levels of automation in on-road motor vehicles. It also includes operational definitions for advanced levels of automation and related terms. The document provides a foundation for further standards development activities and a common language for discussions within the broader “Automated/Autonomous Vehicle” community.