Automated Vehicle Safety series addresses design, testing, verification, and validation

Safety is ranked as the number one concern for the acceptance and adoption of automated vehicles, commonly referred to as “self-driving cars.” The safety case for these types of vehicles – as well as recent fatal incidents – drives a complex series of requirements and has drawn attention to the way some automated vehicle companies approach vehicle design, testing, verification, and validation.

To better inform and equip mobility engineers dealing with these challenges, SAE International has released a new book series from Juan R. Pimentel that explores automated vehicle safety concepts and technologies.



Each volume contains 10 recent SAE International technical papers that address topics such as functional safety; safety of intended functionality (SOTIF); multi-agent safety; model-based systems engineering (MBSE); SysML language in a management-based approach to safety; vehicle component audit and certification; safety assessments; risk reduction in semiconductor-based systems; and vehicle interaction with other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road objects.


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William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.

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