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The SaFAD Report: the road to safe autonomous driving

23.7.2019
The SaFAD Report: the road to safe autonomous driving

A comprehensive document, “Safety First for Automated Driving”, that places a focus on the importance of proper design in making automated vehicles safe.

Focus on safety from the initial design phases in order to maximise it. This is the goal of the “Safety First for Automated Driving” (SaFAD) report, the result of a partnership between eleven leading automotive and technology companies in the field of autonomous driving. It is a document which represents a non-binding framework for the design, development, verification and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles.

Industrial co-operation

Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA USA LLC, HERE, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen have set in motion a wide-ranging industrial partnership, and the published document is the most complete framework for designing, building, testing and managing a safe automated vehicle.

The goal of the authors is indeed to ensure a focus on safety right from the initial design phases, to be maintained throughout the verification and validation stages, while the entire automotive industry is working to create standards for automated driving.

Safer than the average driver

For the first time, SaFAD provides automated vehicles developers and operators with a system to obtain clear traceability, which demonstrates how these types of vehicles can offer higher levels of safety than the average driver thanks to components such as cameras and sophisticated driving systems.

The white paper also includes, for the first time, a summary of widely known design, verification and validation methods of SAE levels 3 and 4 automated driving.

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Know-how and safety

The SaFAD white paper is based on twelve guiding principles, which are analysed point by point to create a guide to the development of automated vehicles.

This document contains all the know-how from major players in the world of automobiles, components and technology industries, who are making it available in the name of safety. The interest in this sector has grown enormously in recent years, thanks to its potential benefits to society, including reduced numbers of accidents, optimised traffic and the introduction of new mobility concepts.

Here the complete document.

Source: AUDI

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