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CSA Group Issues CAV Infrastructure Guidelines to unite industry efforts supporting connected and automated vehicles, Levels of Driving Automation

Posted: April 4, 2023

In a connected and automated vehicle landscape that is growing more complex by the second, mobility professionals are looking for safe, reliable solutions.

Designing the future of industry with rapidly developing technologies can feel like the wild west, and regulators and industry professionals can feel inundated with the sheer volume of information there is to parse through. Even with SAE International’s Levels of Driving Automation, industry’s most-cited source for driving automation, as a resource for defining terms related to driving automation systems for on-road motor vehicles, the rapid pace of development in this area can lead to more questions we’re working to answer.

As SAE seeks to provide standards solutions that enrich and lead engineers and other mobility professionals through this phase of mobility and into the next, partnering across industry is key. Perhaps no organization understands that better than CSA Group.

“With Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs), the transportation and infrastructure sectors have to work together because the technology is coming together,” said Brent Hartman, Director of Fuels & Transportation Standards for CSA Group. “And because you have different sectors coming together, there are different levels of government, regulatory frameworks, and standards landscapes coming into play, adding complexity.”

Integrating these systems requires collaboration on a major scale, and synthesizing the work done by standards development organizations like SAE and CSA Group into a workable framework that brings clarity to the landscape of relevant standards, according to Hartman.

CSA Group is working to create that framework across North America with its newly issued CAV Guidelines . A set of three guidelines focused on digital infrastructure, physical infrastructure, and cybersecurity, privacy and data management are foundational pieces of this framework, with focus areas determined by experts in the field.

“While these guidelines aren’t formal standards today, we anticipate incremental adoption as technology is rapidly evolving,” Hartman said. “Through the creation of the guidelines, our hope is that there is flexibility to enable standards to evolve with CAV technology.”

Through that technology evolution, CSA Group is planning to explore educational tools to increase knowledge related to the guidelines and work to establish a more formal CAV infrastructure code to support industry. Consideration for accessibility as it relates to these technologies will be an important part of this evolution, Hartman shared.

CSA Group will be presenting on CAV initiatives at SAE’s WCX. Join us in Detroit, April 18-20, to learn more.