Surveys say advanced technologies score high but...
Surveys Say: Advanced Safety Technologies Score High but…

Driver assist systems and collision protection came out on top this past month in two recently conducted surveys, and that is good news for the future of autonomous vehicles.

HDMA’s Diesel Download e-newsletter recently featured an article from Fleet Maintenance Magazine highlighting a J.D. Power study which found that three of the top five technologies consumers most prefer in their next vehicle are related to collision protection.

The J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study further stated that these findings indicate a growing customer acceptance towards the concept of the vehicle taking over critical functions—a foundational building block leading to the possibility of fully-autonomous driving.

Another study, this one commissioned by MEMA (Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association) and released September 29, shows the human and economic benefits advanced driver-assist systems would offer if they were more widely in use.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, who conducted the study, technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane is said to prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available.

Boston Consulting went on to say that while these technologies help pave the way for autonomous cars—capable of eliminating 90 percent of auto crashes—their adoption is a challenge, according to MEMA president Steve Handschuh.

“Buyers don’t fully understand the benefits of the new safety features because they aren’t adequately explained at dealerships,” Boston Consulting said.

Similar to MEMA whose goal is to educate decision makers on the promise of these innovations, as well as motivate the government, consumers and other stakeholders to take concrete steps to speed their adoption, SAE International’s core mission is to advance global mobility. To do so, progress often starts with having a common language for exchanging ideas.

Recently, it launched Recommended Practice J2944 for Operational Definitions of Driving Performance Measures and Statistics. A foundational document, SAE J2944 provides driving performance operational definitions for on-road vehicles operated by a driver, automatically driven (self-driving), or operated by shared control. It is based on other foundational documents such as the AASHTO Green Book, the Highway Capacity Manual, and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and is supplemented with more than 300 references.

The measures and statistics defined in this document are used to describe the lateral and longitudinal control of road vehicles as part of safety and/or usability evaluations of (1) driver distraction caused by in-vehicle information systems (e.g., navigation systems, in-vehicle cell phones), (2) driver awareness and assistance systems (e.g., adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, collision warning, crash avoidance braking), (3) fitness to drive/licensing, (4) drug and medication use by drivers, (5) autonomous driving, and (6) for other purposes. These measures and statistics appear in technical standards, journal articles, proceedings papers, technical reports, and presentations.

SAE J2944 defines more than 80 terms related to driving, such as lane departure, gap and headway. The definitions enable researchers and OEMs to avoid misleading, inconsistent or confusing use… and helps to provide a common language to speed adoption of autonomous vehicles and ultimately, the advancement of mobility.

SAE International standards development program has over 59 active committees addressing standardization for connected transportation. It has published or has in progress some 50 technical standards make connected transportation a reality.