Automakers Form Driverless Car Consortium

April 5, 2019

The auto-engineering association SAE International has joined with Ford, General Motors, and Toyota to form the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) to establish a safety framework for autonomous vehicle technology. The car companies plan to turn over their self-driving testing results to SAE committees for public discussion.

Level 4 and 5 self-driving technology, characterized by absence of human controls, is still years out from release, but AVSC aims to work with the Government to promulgate effective regulations for autonomous vehicle testing and safety. Currently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has no safety standard for self-driving cars without human controls.

AVSC also plans to educate the public about the safety and efficacy of autonomous vehicles. Recent survey results show that two-thirds of American adults would not buy a truly autonomous vehicle, and over one half think that these vehicles are more dangerous than “traditional” automobiles. 

Recent incidents, such as last year’s fatal crash in between a self-driving car and a pedestrian in Arizona, do little to improve the public’s confidence in the technology. NHTSA researchers estimate that automated vehicles could reduce fatal crashes by up to 94 percent. 
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“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to be disruptors that could affect the lubricant market, so we’re monitoring regulatory activities with self-driving cars,” said ILMA CEO Holly Alfano.