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The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) will focus on advancing the safe deployment of SAE Level 4 and Level 5 automated vehicles.

Ford, General Motors, Toyota and SAE International are joining forces to form the new safety group, which will work to help safely advance the testing, precompetitive development, and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles.

The AVSC will provide a safety framework around which autonomous technology can responsibly evolve in advance of broad deployment, ultimately helping to inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs) and harmonize with efforts of other consortia and standards bodies.

The consortium will leverage the expertise of current and future members to establish a set of AV safety guiding principles to help inform standards development. The first output from the AVSC will be a roadmap of priorities, applicable to developers, manufacturers, and integrators of automated vehicle technology and focusing on data sharing, vehicle interaction with other road users, and safe testing guidelines.

“We understand that autonomous vehicles need to operate safely and reliably in concert with infrastructure and other road users to earn the trust of the communities in which they are deployed,” Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC Chief Technology Officer Randy Visintainer. “Our goal with the consortium is to work with industry and government partners to expedite development of standards that can lead to rulemaking.”

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