Three of the world's largest automakers announced today that they would be joining together to create a consortium along with SAE International, an automotive engineering group, to help establish "safety guiding principles to help inform standards development" for autonomous vehicles. The new group will be called the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium and will work together on data sharing, safe testing guidelines and vehicle interactions. While the world watches and waits, the United States has yet to successfully pass legislation in its ongoing attempt to discover how to properly regulate self-driving cars. The goal of the consortium will be to expedite standards development and facilitate rule making.
Concerns about autonomous systems have increased following a fatal crash of an Uber self-driving vehicle in 2018 and two crashes of the highly automated Boeing 787 MAX. The crashes have put regulators' ability to assess the safety of autonomous systems into the spotlight.
The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium cited a standards group which helped create close to 4,500 aerospace standards as a successful model.
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