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SAE Publishes Best Practice Guidance on Evaluating Autonomous Vehicle Safety Performance


SAE International, through its industry program the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), recently published a new best practice freely available for all interested stakeholders: “Evaluation of Behavioral Competencies for Automated Driving System Dedicated Vehicles (ADS-DVs).”

Written for manufacturers, the document provides a framework to evaluate the behavioral competency of automated vehicles by bringing together the AVSC’s “Metrics and Methods for Assessing Safety Performance of Automated Driving Systems (ADS)” and best practice for Operational Design Domain (ODD).

“As automated driving system testing advances, it is important that manufacturers communicate information about the safety of their vehicles in a consistent way, while still using testing protocols specific to their systems and ODDs,” said Amy Chu, director of the AVSC. “With the framework in our new best practice, manufacturers can evaluate the safety performance of their vehicles based on an elemental set of behavioral competencies such as maintaining proper lane position or responding appropriately in work zones. Linking behavioral competencies to a key set of scenarios for a given ODD provides relevant evidence for ADS safety performance and increases confidence in the safety performance of an AV.”

Learn more and access the document on SAE’s website.

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