Google self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV. Google Self-Driving Car Press Resources.
Google self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV. Google Self-Driving Car Press Resources
Driving by Humans Banned as Early as 2030?

That’s what Morgan Stanley automotive analyst Adam Jonas believes is possible now that Google has hired automotive exec John Krafcik to head up Google’s Self-Driving Car Project.

The hiring of Krafcik, president of TrueCar, former Hyundai Motor America president and CEO and long-time executive at Ford Motor Company, is said to indicate an acceleration of Google’s efforts to bring self-driving cars to US roads by 2020.

Jonas told Detroit News in a piece announcing this recent hire that he is confident Google or Apple can produce an autonomous vehicle by then, thereby “accelerating everybody.”

And, everything. “If Google or Apple get a small fleet of driverless taxis on San Francisco roads that could change forever transportation” with a ban on human driving not far behind.

Many in the automotive industry—or those in Silicon Valley for that matter—look to technical standards to advance technology and do so quickly.

Standards are recognized for setting expectations for safety, reliability, and quality. Harmonized solutions to industry issues, standards are also the business tools which lead to, among other benefits, reduced duplication of efforts, efficiency, and cost savings; reduced R&D risk; reduced time to market; and innovation.

SAE International standards are helping to pave the way to the reality of self-driving cars. Over 59 active technical committees comprised of industry experts meet through SAE to develop voluntary, consensus-based standards on automated/connected vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.

To date, some 46 standards facilitating the commercialization of autonomous vehicles have been published or are about to be published by SAE, including these key documents:

•   J3016: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems

•   J3061: Cybersecurity Guidebook for Cyber-Physical Automotive Systems

•   J2944: Operational Definitions of Driving Performance Measures and Statistics

•   J3087: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) test methods and performance assessment

•   J2735: Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Message Set Dictionary™

In addition, those charged for solving for this technology can look to SAE for technical papers on autonomous systems and intelligent vehicle initiatives as well as standards on unmanned vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.

Videos on “Automated Vehicles: Sensors and Future Technologies” and books like “Autonomous Technologies: Applications That Matter” are also available from SAE. Offering the largest library of vehicle engineering content available, events such as Convergence or the “Connected Vehicle Professional™ Credentialing Program” provide additional learning opportunities on the topic.

Since 1905, SAE has connected engineers to each other and the technical resources needed to learn and advance mobility—whether that vehicle is the “horseless carriage” or the driverless car.