Automated Driving Systems


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds a public listening session this Friday, to ask for information around the design, development, testing, and integration of automation driving systems in commercial vehicles.  On August 24th, 2018 in Dallas Texas, all participants with interest will have opportunity to comment, share data and introduce analysis on the topic with Agency representatives.

Publish of the Automated Voluntary Guidance centralizes the focus on safe integration of automation in vehicles.  Safe integration encourages entries and ideas that produce safer vehicles.  Cohesive integration between regulatory processes of obliged departments and the private sector’s innovation.  Innovation that receives support, and with a bridge of communication with stakeholders is the big strive to develop automation in consumer vehicles.

The department uses a taxonomy from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in September 2016, to reference and define six levels of automation in vehicles.  The first three sections are in reserve when the driving environment that humans monitor, but the higher three levels characterize automation in vehicles where a automation driving system technology monitors and the driving environment.  Level zero has no automation, with the first level working with a drivers assistance, and the second level rounds out in partial automation; all with a driver monitoring the driving environment.  Level three shows conditional automation, level four reserves high automation, and level 5 resides with full automation; levels three through five symbolize an automated driving systems which monitors the driving environment.

The responsibility to determine the automation vehicle level in accordance with SAE’s definitions is with manufacturers.  The information with high interests to the meeting includes scenarios, and environments where Automation Driving Systems approach development, tests and integration into commercial motor vehicles (CMV).  Of complimentary interests, are the measures which the participants believe are of necessity, to protect exchanges of confidential and proprietary business information in cooperation with the Agency.  Interests also surround the operational design domain.

The Operational Design Domain (ODD) refers to the design of the environment automation driving systems of any level will operate, test, and use.  ODD also refers to the alternative domains that the automated driving system can operate.  For example, if the car was to connect to a moving wire system within a street, or if Automation Driving Systems will react to sensors necessary to build into current infrastructure, or any alterations to environment to complete functionality of these systems.


Engineers increase the amount of  automation assistant features in new car models.  Features that assist in safe, efficient, and mobile transportation is a small step before full automation driving systems.  Consumers cheer for the day when we have vehicles that drive on their own and leave the passengers with more free time.  The domestic firms that develop this technology will definitely need human talents in engineering, to pull this technology across completion.

The most recent event in regards to automation in vehicles result in a safety concern.  It is important to rank the extent of automation in vehicles to help legal entities to create efficient regulations.

Proprietary information is important in the United States law, and has been a high concern since the last election.  Proprietary information protection in the United States, helps protect a market participant’s investment in research and development.  The legal reservations for commercial use of innovations, help to preserve the value of a functional technology.  Preserve the price, and save the technology from premature market saturation for the duration of the protection period.

The United States is not the only country to pursue innovation in automation driving systems.  European, Britain, Chinese and Japanese companies, all engage in the design and manufacture of products with frontier technologies.  Firms in the United States may experience international competition in the development of frontier technologies, to include automation driving systems.


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