Unsettled Issues Regarding Communication of Automated Vehicles with
Other Road Users EPR2020023
The focus of this SAE EDGE™ Research Report is to address a topic overlooked by
many who choose to view automated driving systems and AVs from a “10,000-foot”
perspective: how automated vehicles (AVs) will actually communicate with other
road users. Conventional (human-driven) vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians
already have a functioning system of understating each other while on the move.
Adding automated vehicles to the mix requires assessing the spectrum of existing
modes of communication – both implicit and explicit, biological and
technological, and how they will interact with each other in the real world.
The impending deployment of AVs represents a major shift in the traditional
approach to ground transportation; its effects will inevitably be felt by
parties directly involved with the vehicle manufacturing and use and those that
play roles in the mobility ecosystem (e.g., aftermarket and maintenance
industries, infrastructure and planning organizations, automotive insurance
providers, marketers, telecommunication companies).
Unsettled Issues Regarding Communication of Automated Vehicles with Other
Road Users brings together the multiple scenarios we are likely to
see in a future not too far away and how they are likely to play out in