Standards Identified as Potential Barriers to Advancing Automated Vehicles
Standards Identified as Potential Barriers to Advancing Automated Vehicles

Full commercialization and market acceptance of connected vehicles won’t take place until issues such as driver vehicle interface, system status, functional safety, cybersecurity, public acceptance, driver education, liability issues, policy, funding, and infrastructure are satisfactorily addressed.

Adding to this “to-do list” is ensuring that language in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) do not create any certification challenges for manufacturers of automated vehicles that choose to pursue certain vehicle concepts – since some standards do not explicitly address automated vehicle technology and often assume the presence of a human driver.

To identify instances where the existing FMVSS may pose challenges, the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center at the U.S. Department of Transportation conducted reviews to identify standards requiring further review – both to ensure that existing regulations do not unduly stifle innovation and to help ensure that automated vehicles perform their functions safely.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine announced in their e-newsletter dated April 5, 2016, that the preliminary report is now available for download.

In addition to highlighting standards that may create certification challenges for vehicle concepts with certain characteristics, Review of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for Automated Vehicles notes those situations in which those characteristics could introduce ambiguity into the interpretation of existing standards.

Standards and their development, as supported by this report, are critical to advancing technology. While this report can serve as a resource in that advancement, so too can events like the upcoming AUVSI’s Xponential 2016,  which is May 2-5 in New Orleans. A key show for the unmanned systems market, the topic of standards will be discussed at a panel session titled “The Technology Progression to Fully Automated Commercial and Industrial Vehicles.”

Scheduled for Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, the expert panel will feature Brent Hankins, Project Engineer. Advanced Driver Assists Systems, Peterbilt Motors; Ken Stratton, Sr. Technical Steward & Program Manager, Caterpillar Inc. Michael Fleming, Chief Executive Officer, TORC; Kenneth Kelly, Senior Engineer, Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Greg Muha, Commercial Vehicle and Ground Defense Sector Lead, SAE International.