WARRENDALE, Pa. (August 13, 2019) – The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) announced today that Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG) has joined the consortium. Consortium members collaborate on the development of best safety practices around which autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can responsibly evolve in advance of broad deployment.
"The AVSC is committed to providing industry leadership and engendering public confidence in automated vehicle technologies by publishing safety-relevant best practices and accelerating open industry standards," said Dr. Edward Straub, executive director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium. "Uber ATG is committed to moving the industry forward with a spirit of collaboration and openness. Their involvement expands the perspective of AVSC and enhances our work."
Uber ATG aims to develop safe, responsible and reliable self-driving transportation technology to make roads safer and transportation more affordable. To achieve its goals of changing the mobility landscape, the organization engages in open, public dialogue around its safety approach for the testing and development of self-driving vehicles.
"At Uber ATG, we continue to support opportunities that encourage industry-wide collaboration around the self-driving vehicle safety," said Nat Beuse, head of AV safety at Uber ATG. "Playing an active role in this consortium not only allows for that exact collaboration, but also enables us to build upon the Safety Case Framework with our peers. A lot of important work is already underway in this consortium, and we look forward to contributing our safety knowledge alongside our fellow AVSC members."
Uber ATG joins the growing consortium, which includes SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota. The AVSC's mission is to inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for AVs. Consortium members are working on the development of a series of safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems focusing on testing before and during operation of AVs on public roads; data collection, protection and sharing; and interactions between AVs and other road users.
For more information about the AVSC, visit avsc.sae-itc.org.
SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®) is an 501(c)(6) affiliate of SAE International®, and its membership is comprised of public and private organizations collaborating in a neutral forum to drive innovative solutions to key industry challenges. More at www.sae-itc.com.
About Uber Advanced Technologies Group
Uber's mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 10 billion trips later, we're building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities. Today, the team at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) is tackling another challenge: how do you build and deploy safe self-driving technology at scale? Uber ATG is comprised of world-class engineering talent dedicated to vehicle safety, self-driving software, mapping, and more. Uber is taking a holistic approach to bringing self-driving vehicles to market through a variety of partnerships, with the ultimate goal of creating autonomous ridesharing at scale.