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By Auto Tech Outlook | Friday, July 12, 2019

As the autonomous vehicle megatrend is gathering speed, there are also related safety problems. New guidelines are being issued by keeping in mind design by safety in the automotive and mobility industries for safe automated passenger vehicles.

FREMONT, CA- Top leaders in the automotive and mobility industries have lately developed, tested and validated a secure automated passenger vehicle called Safety First for Automated Driving (SaFAD). The 11 leaders who have built the framework are Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA US LLC, HERE, Infineon, Intel, and Volkswagen, and to date they have released the most significant report on the manufacture, testing, and operation of a secure automated vehicle.

The white paper ' SaFAD ' highlights the significance of safety by designing automated cars. The SaFAD writers emphasize on the importance of safety by design, as well as verification and validation, as the sector operates towards the creation of automated driving norms. For the first time, SaFAD offers developers and operators of automated vehicles (AVs) a simple traceability scheme that demonstrates that AVs are "safer than the average driver" through elements such as cameras or steering systems.

SaFAD principles and framework includes::

  • Safe Operation: Reaction of a system if critical components become unstable
  • Safety Layer: Recognizing limits and minimizing risk
  • Operational Design Domain (ODD): Operating conditions in which system is designed for function
  • Behavior in Traffic: System behavior needs to be easy to understand
  • Responsibility of User: The user should be ready to take responsibility in critical times
  • Vehicle-Initiated Handover: If a driver doesn't obey the takeover request, then the vehicle should ensure safety.
  • Driver-Initiated Handover: The automatic driving system must be activated and deactivated by an explicit driver. 
  • Automation Effects: Automation effects of the driver should be taken into account.
  • Assessment of Safety: Validation should be made to ensure safety goals are met.
  • Recording of Data: During an event or incident, automated vehicles should records data in a way that complies with applicable privacy laws.
  • Security: Prior steps should be taken to ensure the safety of the automated vehicle.
  • Passive Safety: The car design must accommodate modifications in collision situations caused by automation of the car

The interest and growth of automated driving technology have risen dramatically over the previous few years, driven by the objective of decreasing car crash-related deaths, improving traffic flow, and introducing new mobility ideas. This fast growth carries a wide variety of methodologies of development from established firms and the growing roster of new firms.

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