SAE International Announces the Formation of the Cooperative Automation Driving System Committee

New Committee will Focus on Developing Standards that will Improve Communication Between Autonomous Vehicles and Their Surroundings

WARRENDALE, Pa. (November 24, 2020) SAE International announced today the formation of the Cooperative Automation Driving System (CADS) Committee, a new global ground vehicle standards committee that will focus on developing standards to improve communication between ADS-operated vehicles. The new committee will fall under SAE’s Vehicle Safety System Group.

“As ADS technology advances and adoption becomes more widespread, it is critical that our roadways and surrounding infrastructure are prepared to safely and accurately support the technology,” said Keith Wilson, program manager of Global Ground Vehicle Standards at SAE International. “The new CADS committee will play a critical role in optimizing our vehicles and infrastructure to share important information, which will ultimately improve safety and reduce the number of auto accidents.”

The committee’s work will focus on Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA), which enables equipped vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure, cyclists and pedestrians by using machine-to-machine communication technology to enable cooperation between two or more traffic participants operating in close proximity. This information can be used by those entities to coordinate their respective movements, or change their state, thereby reducing the risk of collision, as well as facilitating the mobility goals of each participating entity.

Building on SAE J3216 Standard: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Cooperative Driving Automation for On-Road Motor Vehicles, the committee will oversee the development of additional supporting documents. The initial scope of work will be organized around the following focus areas:

  • Architecture and Interfaces for Interoperable CDA Use Case Testing

  • Cooperative Intersection Management

  • Cooperative Perception

  • Cooperative Traffic Management

  • Security Analysis for Cooperative Automated Driving System (CADS) Standards

The committee is now accepting volunteers for participation. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Jennifer Collins at

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