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Key industry organisations partner to develop global standards for autonomous vehicles

The Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium, a global group of automotive and technology industry organisations, has agreed what is described as a “key liaison” with SAE International, the association of more than 200,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

The two organisations’ shared goal is to help expedite the development of autonomous and assisted driving solutions through shared technical references, recommendations, design benchmarks and marketing initiatives.

Jack Pokrzywa, ground vehicle standards director, SAE International, says: “For more than a century, SAE Standards have created the safe, reliable and consistent use and adoption of technologies to advance the mobility industry for the benefit of humanity.

“We are pleased to forge this alliance with AVCC and hope our cooperation will foster greater knowledge sharing and excellence in autonomous driving solutions.”

The primary purpose of the AVCC is to develop a conceptual compute platform architecture, as well as specify hardware requirements and software APls to build driving automation systems, as defined by the SAE J3016 Standard: Levels of Automated Driving.

Both organizations see great industry benefit from harmonizing related work and forging cooperation around the mutual goals of influencing innovation and promoting the development of technology standards, best practices and benchmarks in respective areas of interest.

SAE and AVCC recognize the importance of establishing this relationship and fostering close cooperation in a number of ways including:

  • Reducing duplication and competing specifications by harmonizing work around functional safety, security, industry terminology and reports;
  • Establishing ongoing information exchange, including draft work to provide a mechanism for early review and planning; and
  • SAE hosting AVCC approved documents, and making them readily available to all SAE members.

SAE and AVCC developing joint marketing initiatives, such as podcasts, webinars and virtual events around topics of shared interest such as cybersecurity, image processing, system architecture models, and so on.

Armando Pereira, president of the AVCC, says: “For the industry to move forward, we need more collaboration and agreement.

“Our work with the SAE will not only solidify standards adoption in the AV space, but will provide the benchmarks and roadmap necessary to engineer efficiently for optimum compute performance.”

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