SAE International Launches New “Office of Automation” to Coordinate Development and Dissemination of Automated Driving Technologies

Automated driving systems (ADS) are rapidly evolving in a mobility ecosystem characterized by dynamic technologies and intense competition. To help coordinate the development and dissemination of these transformative technologies, SAE International (SAE) announces its new Office of Automation. The Office of Automation will act as a coordinating function for all SAE activities and serve as a bridge between other SAE Group organizations, providing technical resources to facilitate the flow of automated vehicle information.

Edward Straub, DM, Director of the SAE Office of Automation, said the new office will continue SAE’s 100+ year tradition of connecting and educating mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions.

“SAE occupies a unique position as a neutral forum where industry, government, academia and the research communities convene to develop both practices and bodies of knowledge. ADS technologies are a cross-disciplinary challenge. Through this new office, SAE is creating an ecosystem to develop and exchange socio-technical information, foster workforce development and create public awareness,” Dr. Straub said.
The SAE Office of Automation will also establish industry consortia through SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) group and engage industry OEMs and developers to build program governance, operations, and funding models.

SAE and its committees have developed several technical standards related to the development and implementation of ADS technologies, with many more in progress.  These include the Levels of Driving Automation, SAE J3016™: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems. This standard defines the six levels of driving automation, from no automation to full automation adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation for use in its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.

Dr. Staub joined SAE International in August 2018 from the American Center for Mobility, where he was the Technical Program Director and Chief Safety Officer. Previously, Ed was a Program Manager with US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) where he planned and led Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations (ARIBO). 
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