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Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Expands Expertise, Welcomes Motional as Newest Member

February 02, 2021

Today, Motional joined the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC), to support the consortium in developing best safety practices through which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly developed and adopted.

“The AVSC and its members are committed to developing AV guidelines for robust safety standards to earn public trust and acceptance,” said Amy Chu, director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium. “Motional will play a critical role in supporting this effort by sharing collective learnings, perspectives, and expertise with the consortium from its vast international testing experience.”

Motional has a long history at the forefront of safety. The company co-authored the Safety First for Automated driving whitepaper, pioneered a sector-wide culture of data sharing aimed at making all driverless technology safer with its nuScenes dataset, and its autonomous vehicles have provided more than 100,000 rides with zero at-fault incidents. 

“Industry collaboration is critical to advancement of driverless technology,” commented Matthew Wood, Head of Safety, Motional. “We’re excited to contribute our voice and real-world experience to the AVSC mission, and collectively work towards a future of safer vehicles, roads, and cities.”

Consortium members are working on the development of a series of safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems, focusing on testing before and during operation of AVs on public roads; data collection, protection, and sharing; and interactions between AVs and other road users. The AVSC has published a number of open access best practices regarding test driver training, operational design domain, passenger emergency actions, data collection, and first responder interactions.

Motional is behind some of the industry’s largest achievements, including operation of the world’s longest-standing public robotaxi fleet. It recently announced a partnership with Lyft to launch a multimarket fully-driverless rideshare service in the U.S., and has near-term plans to be among the first to put fully-driverless vehicles on public roads.

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The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) is an industry program of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia® (SAE ITC) building on principles that will inform and help lead to industrywide standards for advancing automated driving systems. The members of this consortium have long been focused on the development of safe, reliable and high-quality vehicles, and are committed to applying these same principles to SAE Level 4 and Level 5 automated vehicles so communities, government entities and the public can be confident that these vehicles will be deployed safely. 

SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®) is an affiliate of SAE International. The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally.