Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG) has become the latest company to join the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), an SAE-led taskforce charged with creating a universal safety framework for AV testing.
Dr Edward Straub, executive director of the AVSC, said, “The AVSC is committed to providing industry leadership and engendering public confidence in AV technologies by publishing safety-relevant best practices and accelerating open industry standards. Uber ATG is committed to moving the industry forward with a spirit of collaboration and openness. Their involvement expands the perspective of AVSC and enhances our work.”
Uber ATG aims to develop safe, responsible and reliable self-driving transportation technology to make roads safer and transportation more affordable. To achieve its goals of changing the mobility landscape, the organization plans to engage in open, public dialog around its safety approach for developing self-driving vehicles.
Nat Beuse, head of AV safety at Uber ATG, said, “At Uber ATG, we continue to support opportunities that encourage industry-wide collaboration around the self-driving vehicle safety. Playing an active role in this consortium not only allows for that exact collaboration, but also enables us to build upon the Safety Case Framework with our peers. A lot of important work is already underway in this consortium, and we look forward to contributing our safety knowledge alongside our fellow AVSC members.”
Uber ATG joins the growing consortium, which includes SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota. The AVSC’s mission is to inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for AVs. Consortium members are working on the development of a series of safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems focusing on testing before and during operation of AVs on public roads; data collection, protection and sharing; and interactions between AVs and other road users.