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Safety First for Automated Driving

Safety First for Automated Driving

3 September 2019

Safety First for Automated Driving (SaFAD) white paper emphasises the importance of safety by design for automated vehicles

Interest in automated driving technology has increased exponentially over the past few years fueled by the goal of reducing road fatalities, improving traffic conditions and the introduction of new mobility concepts. 11 mobility and automotive industry leaders have come together and released a framework for Safe Automated Driving Systems, the largest report on how to build, test and operate a safe automated vehicle. Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA US LLC, HERE, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen comprise the broadest representation across the industry. The SaFAD white paper is a non-binding organised framework for the development, testing and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles. The purpose of the authors was to emphasise the importance of safety by design along with verification and validation as the industry works towards creating standards for automated driving.

SaFAD offers automated vehicle (AV) developers and operators a system for clear traceability. This shows that AV’s are safer than the average driver through components such as steering systems or cameras. The foundation of SaFAD are 12 guiding principles which are refined into capabilities of the AV, from which safe-by-design elements are derived to support the capability and achieve the guiding principles. It combines the expertise from key companies in the automaker, supplier and technology industries to help direct the development of safe automated vehicles. The SaFAD white paper is also the first time that a summary is presented regarding the widely known safety by design, verification and validation methods of Level 3 and Level 4 automated driving defined by SAE (J3016).

Over the next few months, the authors and experts from each of the participating partners will be presenting the group’s work at  industry and technology conferences around the world. Download the Safety First for Automated Driving white paper.