Industry giants publish framework for the safe testing and validation of AVs

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Industry leaders from the automotive and self-driving sectors have published Safety First for Automated Driving (SaFAD), an organized framework for the development, testing and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles. 

SaFAD is the most comprehensive report of its kind to date, with input from Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA US, Here, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen. 

Safety by design is a key emphasis of the report, along with verification and validation, as the industry works toward creating standards for automated driving. 

As a result, autonomous vehicle (AV) developers and operators are provided with a system for clear traceability that proves AVs to be “safer than the average driver” through components such as cameras or steering systems. 

The foundation of the SaFAD white paper is its 12 Guiding Principles, which are further refined into capabilities of the automated vehicle. SaFAD combines the expertise from key companies in the auto maker, supplier and technology industries to help direct development of safe AVs. 

With the publication of SaFAD, authors and experts from each of the participating partners will present the group’s work at industry conferences internationally over the next several months.  

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