White Paper on Automated Driving Is as Complicated as Math

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As it becomes more and more obvious that autonomous cars are not just a momentary infatuation of the industry, the race to create a safe framework for the development, build and operation of this type of vehicles is on. And last week, the first extensive guidelines were released.
At the bottom of this text you’ll find a 157-pages long document titled SaFAD. That’s short for Safety First for Automated Driving. The document is the result of collaborative work conducted by 11 companies involved in the auto industry or IT over the past few months.

Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA, HERE, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen, they all joined forces to create what they call a “non-binding organized framework for the development, testing and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles.”

The idea behind this paper, says the group of companies, was to offer those in the business of making self-driving cars the guidelines they need so that they come up with a successful product.

The paper is supposed to become the first of its kind in an emerging industry that overall lacks any guidelines, and the first to try and bring some sense into a world few of us are able to completely understand.

“Interest and development of automated driving technology has grown at a dramatic rate the past several years, fueled by the goal of reducing fatalities related to vehicle crashes, improvement of traffic flow and the introduction of new mobility concepts,” the eleven companies said in a joint statement released last week.

“This rapid growth brings a wide range of development methodologies from established companies and the growing roster of new enterprises.”

To make their ideas known, representatives from the companies involved in making this white paper will take to the road and speak at yet unnamed technology conferences over the next several months.

As said, SaFAD is attached below. If you think you can manage it, have a look.
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 Download: SaFAD (PDF)

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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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