Government Supported Projects

Advancement on leading fronts such as regulation, safety, the environment and energy often requires change throughout the mobility supply chain or portions of it. Change creates the need for new  designs, systems and standards. For each company affected, this almost certainly means rising--even soaring--investment in the research, design, development, and testing of new products and systems. Where one issue is faced by many like-companies, an economical pathway emerges for joint venture research to study pre-competitive technical areas: the Cooperative Research Program (CRP) of SAE International.

Current Projects

1.1.1.5 Intelligent Transportation Systems Standards Development, Maintenance Testing (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

10/2011 - 04/2016

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Develop, revise, and publish technical standards to support the Connected Vehicle Program. Objectives include to foster the development of non-proprietary, industry based consensus ITS standards with a focus on, but not limited to, interfaces between vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructure as well as traditional infrastructure standards (i.e., Center-to-Field and Center-to-Center). Ensure that all appropriate stakeholders are involved in the standards development process, and facilitate the provision of technical support to technical standards committees to expedite and augment the development of ITS standards in areas of interest to the public sector, such as, but not limited to safety, mobility and the environment.

Project activities include:

  • Identify and prioritize ITS Standards Program work tasks to be accomplished
  • Developing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a system engineering process for information level standards.
  • Updating existing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a system engineering process for information level standards.
  • Ensuring a continued open and balanced process in the standards development activities supported by this contract
  • Participating in research projects
  • Participating in technology assessment activities
  • Testing of protocols and standards
  • Supporting information facilitation among and within committees, and with other SDOs
  • Facilitating the participation and involvement of key public sector stakeholders and users in the standards development process
  • Coordinating with other activities such as research and development efforts and operational tests and deployment activities
  • Support international standards activities
  • Support participation, as appropriate, in International Standards Organization (ISO)/Technical Committee (TC) 204 Working Group Meetings and U.S. Working Advisory Group meetings and, under limited circumstances, related meetings necessary to facilitate effective participation in these meetings. Coordinate other necessary support to ISO/TC 204 with the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair and TAG administrator.
  • Standards training
  • Outreach activities

Vehicle safety related project - Standards Development to advance ITS communications. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.6 Intelligent Transportation Systems Standards Development, Maintenance Testing (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/2016 - 09/2021

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Develop, revise, and publish technical standards to support the Connected Vehicle Program. Objectives include to foster the development of non-proprietary, industry based consensus ITS standards with a focus on, but not limited to, interfaces between vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructure as well as traditional infrastructure standards (i.e., Center-to-Field and Center-to-Center). Ensure that all appropriate stakeholders are involved in the standards development process, and facilitate the provision of technical support to technical standards committees to expedite and augment the development of ITS standards in areas of interest to the public sector, such as, but not limited to safety, mobility and the environment.

Project activities include:

  • Identify and prioritize ITS Standards Program work tasks to be accomplished
  • Developing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a system engineering process for information level standards.
  • Updating existing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a system engineering process for information level standards.
  • Ensuring a continued open and balanced process in the standards development activities supported by this contract
  • Participating in research projects
  • Participating in technology assessment activities
  • Testing of protocols and standards
  • Supporting information facilitation among and within committees, and with other SDOs
  • Facilitating the participation and involvement of key public sector stakeholders and users in the standards development process
  • Coordinating with other activities such as research and development efforts and operational tests and deployment activities
  • Support international standards activities
  • Support participation, as appropriate, in International Standards Organization (ISO)/Technical Committee (TC) 204 Working Group Meetings and U.S. Working Advisory Group meetings and, under limited circumstances, related meetings necessary to facilitate effective participation in these meetings. Coordinate other necessary support to ISO/TC 204 with the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair and TAG administrator.
  • Standards training
  • Outreach activities
  • Support international standards activities
  • Standards training
  • Perform outreach activities

Vehicle safety related project - Standards Development to advance ITS communications. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.7 Technical Assistance for the Development of National ITS Architecture – SAE ITS Message Set Standards Support (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/23/2016 - 09/30/2020

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Develop, revise and publish technical standards to support the Connected Vehicle program including Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), V2V Safety Communications, Future Systems Requirements to support V2V and V2I applications, Vehicle Automation and Center to Center (C2C) and Center to Field ITS infrastructure standards.

Project activities include the following:

  • Identifying and prioritizing ITS Standards Program work tasks to be accomplished
  • Developing standards with user needs, requirements,  and design content following a systems engineering process for information level standards
  • Updating existing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a
  • Systems engineering process for information level standards
  • Ensuring a continued open and balanced process in the standards development activities supported by this contract
  • Participating in research projects
  • Participating in technology assessment activities
  • Testing of protocols and standards
  • Supporting information facilitation among and within committees, and with other SDOs
  • Facilitating the participation and involvement of key public sector stakeholders and users in the standards development process
  • Coordinating with other activities such as research and development efforts and operational tests and deployment activities
  • Support participation, as appropriate, in International Standards Organization (ISO)/Technical Committee (TC) 204 Working Group Meetings and U.S. Working Advisory Group meetings and, under limited circumstances, related meetings necessary to facilitate effective participation in these meetings. Coordinate other necessary support to ISO/TC 204 with the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair and TAG administrator.

Vehicle safety related project – V2X Communications related standards development projects to advance ITS communications. Manage SMEs and technical committees to develop needed standards. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.8 ITS International Standards Support (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/05/2017 - 09/04/2020

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Coordinate and administer ITS international standards activities including supporting activities of ISO TC 204 beneficial to USDOT interests. Administration of activities for ISO TC 204 in the roles of Secretariat and Administrator, and administration of USDOT reimbursement of travel expenses for experts to participate.

Administer USDOT reimbursement of travel expenses for non-Federal designated US experts to ISO-TC 204 to participate in IS TC-204 working group meetings and other related standards working group meetings as volunteers participating in the US delegation and acting in the interest of US standards stakeholders including USDOT.

Coordinate and administer activities of ISO TC 204 by serving in the defined roles of Secretariat and Administrator.

Vehicle safety related project – V2X Communications Standards Development to advance ITS communications. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.9 Technical Assistance for the Development of National ITS Architecture (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/2018 – 09/2021

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

The primary objective is to advance the development of a foundation for Vehicle Automation and infrastructure standards. The project focus includes SAE initiatives to: develop a taxonomy for ADS; define a high- level comprehensive set of factors that would be suitable for standardization for interoperable integration of ADS with the infrastructure; define engagement activities with other parties (Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), the US DOT ITS Architecture Team, FHWA Office of Operations and Resource Centers, etc.); and develop new and augment existing standards to support ADS integration into the transportation system.

Tasks include engagement with stakeholders to provide new or updated content for a taxonomy relating to the role of communications and the relationship to providing connectivity or and within the various levels of automation. Further develop the relationship between SAE driving automation (Levels 1-5) defined in J3016 and the proposed communication classes. Engage with international technical committees that are working on cooperative automation to ensure that the whitepaper provides definitions and classifications that are harmonized with the international community as appropriate. Develop a clear definition for a “cooperative automated driving system” and incorporate or further define the taxonomy to relate to the different levels of cooperation that can enable more advanced and cooperative Dynamic Driving Task (DDT).

A second objective of this task order is to foster the development of non-proprietary, industry- based, consensus ITS standards; which includes but is not limited to: interfaces between vehicles; interfaces between vehicles and infrastructure or other types of traveler devices when in the interest of public safety (for instance V2Pedestrian); as well as traditional infrastructure standards. This focus builds upon current SAE initiatives to: ensure cooperation of stakeholders in the standards development and maintenance of existing standards; publish new Message Set Standards along with the Systems Engineering Content; provide technical support to the technical standards committees; and ensure international alignment of standards.

Subtasks include:

  • Develop a list of parties (people and entities) for engagement in the development of the taxonomy.
  • Develop and provide an engagement and outreach plan along with outreach materials
  • Develop a high-level, comprehensive set of factors that would be suitable for standardization allowing ADS and the infrastructure to work together
  • Define the set of high-level comprehensive ADS and Infrastructure factors for standardization
  • Conduct a standards gap analysis
  • Develop a roadmap that prioritizes what ADS and Infrastructure factors should be standardized first and lay out a schedule for updating existing standards and/or developing new standards as appropriate
  • Develop ADS related standards
  • Develop V2X Communication related standards

Vehicle safety related project - Standards Development to advance ITS communications and vehicle automation. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.10 Technical Assistance for the Development of National ITS Architecture (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

08/2019 - 08/2022

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Develop, revise and publish technical standards to support the Connected Vehicle program including Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), V2V Safety Communications, Future Systems Requirements to support V2V and V2I applications, Vehicle Automation and Center to Center (C2C) and Center to Field ITS infrastructure standards.

Project activities include the following:

  • Identifying and prioritizing ITS Standards Program work tasks to be accomplished
  • Developing standards with user needs, requirements,  and design content following a systems engineering process for information level standards
  • Updating existing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a
  • Systems engineering process for information level standards
  • Ensuring a continued open and balanced process in the standards development activities supported by this contract
  • Participating in research projects
  • Participating in technology assessment activities
  • Testing of protocols and standards
  • Supporting information facilitation among and within committees, and with other SDOs
  • Facilitating the participation and involvement of key public sector stakeholders and users in the standards development process
  • Coordinating with other activities such as research and development efforts and operational tests and deployment activities
  • Support participation, as appropriate, in International Standards Organization (ISO)/Technical Committee (TC) 204 Working Group Meetings and U.S. Working Advisory Group meetings and, under limited circumstances, related meetings necessary to facilitate effective participation in these meetings. Coordinate other necessary support to ISO/TC 204 with the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair and TAG administrator.

Vehicle safety related project – V2X Communications related standards development projects to advance ITS communications. Manage SMEs and technical committees to develop needed standards. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.11 ITS International Standards Support (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/2020 - 09/2022

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Coordinate and administer ITS international standards activities including supporting activities of ISO TC 204 beneficial to USDOT interests. Administration of activities for ISO TC 204 in the roles of Secretariat and Administrator, and administration of USDOT reimbursement of travel expenses for experts to participate.

Administer USDOT reimbursement of travel expenses for non-Federal designated US experts to ISO-TC 204 to participate in IS TC-204 working group meetings and other related standards working group meetings as volunteers participating in the US delegation and acting in the interest of US standards stakeholders including USDOT.

Coordinate and administer activities of ISO TC 204 by serving in the defined roles of Secretariat and Administrator.

Vehicle safety related project – V2X Communications Standards Development to advance ITS communications. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders to accelerate standards development and to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.15 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Connectivity and Automation Standards Development and Related Activities

Project Timeframe:

09/16/2021 - 09/15/2026

Customer:

Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Provide Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Connectivity and Automation Standards Development and Related Activities for the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) Intelligent Transportation Systems - Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO).

The scope of work for this contract encompasses current and future standards activities.

Activities that the USDOT anticipates supporting under this contract include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify and prioritize ITS Connected and Automated Standards Program work tasks to be accomplished on a yearly basis
  • Develop standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a systems engineering process for information level standards
  • Update existing standards with user needs, requirements, and design content following a systems engineering process for information level standards
  • Participate in and coordinate stakeholder participation in other ITS Infrastructure, Mobility, Accessibility, Connected Vehicle and Automation and other relevant standards development efforts not led by the contractor
  • Ensure a continued open and balanced process in the standards development activities supported by this contract
  • Collaborate with other standardization efforts to ensure alignment and reduce duplication
  • Participate in research projects
  • Participate in technology assessment activities
  • Develop test criteria for testing the SDO’s protocols and standards in support of certification processes; and participate in the testing as requested by the USDOT
  • Participate in development of reference implementations
  • Support information facilitation among and within standards working groups, task forces and similar organizational constructs (also known as “committees”), and with other SDOs
  • Facilitate the participation and involvement of key public sector and other stakeholders and users in the connected and automated vehicle standards development process
  • Coordinate with other activities such as research and development efforts and operational tests and deployment activities.

Completed Projects

1.1.1.14 NHTSA Truck Platooning (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

10/2018 - 03/2020

Customer:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Scope:

SAE subcontractor team member to Battelle (Prime). Compile a list of platooning systems for heavy-duty trucks and analyze the safety issues of those systems.

Tasks include:

  • Assembling descriptions of current and planned heavy truck platooning systems. SAE will contact known and potential manufacturers and suppliers of platooning systems, seeking information on their operation, features, applicability, and other measures to give a complete description.
  • Generate lists of potential risks and hazards and solicit other risks and hazards from stakeholders
  • Contribute to the safety analysis of the platooning systems and contribute to a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis providing input from the manufacturing industry perspective and researching information to input to the analysis. Review domestic and international standards that apply to safety analysis of heavy truck platooning, compare the standards’ coverage with the hazards in the previous task, and identify gaps where platooning safety concerns are not properly addressed by a standard. Distribute tentative findings to various industry stakeholders, such as technical committees, seeking their perspectives on the validity and implications of the findings.
  • Documented in final project report

Safety Analysis of Heavy Truck Platooning. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to conduct research and analysis to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.13 FHWA / Multimodal and Accessible Travel Standards Assessment (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/26/2018 - 09/17/2019

Customer:

FHWA Office of Operations

Scope:

Provide standards planning for Multimodal and Accessible Travel by conducting an assessment of standardization needs to support multimodal and accessible travel options, assessing impacts on ITS and related standards that currently exist or are under development, and developing a roadmap for multimodal and accessible travel standardization work.

Develop a framework to inform the selection and prioritization of standardization work, funded by the JPO and others, needed to support the development, testing, and deployment of multimodal and accessible travel systems.

Project tasks include the following activities:

  • Forward-looking Assessment of Multimodal and Accessible Travel through a review of literature available on the current multimodal and accessible travel state of developments via existing materials, and to forecast, based on an analysis of the results of the literature review, what additional innovations might impact multimodal and accessible travel standards over the next 5-10 years and how this will affect standards requirements.
  • Survey of Existing Standards and Standards under Development Relevant to Multimodal and Accessible Travel including, but not limited to: mobility and accessibly data exchanges, integrated payment systems, wayfinding and navigation, human-machine interfaces, safe accessible signalized intersections, etc. White Paper developed on Standards Applicable to Multimodal and Accessible Travel Systems.
  • Collect Stakeholder Input and Identify Opportunities to Harmonize through stakeholder interviews.
  • Update Survey of Existing Standards and Standards Under Development Relevant to Multimodal and Accessible Travel.
  • Develop Roadmap for Multimodal and Accessible Travel Standardization Work.
  • Standards Planning for Multimodal and Accessible Travel. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to conduct research and analysis to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.12 Infrastructure and V2X Mapping Needs Assessment and Development Support (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

09/26/2018 - 09/17/2021

Customer:

ICF International (Prime) to Federal Highway Administration / Joint Programs Office

Scope:

Provide an Infrastructure and V2X (Vehicle-to-other) Mapping Needs Assessment (beyond the intersection MAP) and conduct associated Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) map-related research. Identify, in conjunction with stakeholders and experts, the map, mapping, and positioning-related issues that still need resolution in order for successful V2I application deployment.

The objective of this project was to identify specific mapping and positioning data elements (and related information) for V2X and Infrastructure using a systematic approach that considers application needs as well as the broader geospatial data ecosystem.

Identify mapping and positioning needs specifically for V2X and integrate with broader digital geospatial infrastructure efforts, including vehicle automation research efforts. A mapping standards gap analysis and assessment apart was also conducted as part of this effort.

Work performed incorporated relevant stakeholder input and engagement and also coordination with related USDOT efforts, such as V2I application research, V2I Hub research, and deployment support.

Vehicle safety related project – Research project focused on ITS V2X communications. Demonstrates SAE’s ability to conduct research and analysis to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment and Vehicle Safety Communications research areas.

1.1.1.4 Vehicle Technologies Program – EV Charging Interoperability (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

04/2013 - 10/2015

Customer:

Department of Energy (DOE)/Intertek (Prime)

Scope:

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Testing & Evaluation (AVTE) program, EV / EVSE safety and interoperability project.

Development of test standards for Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) / Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) interoperability and safety with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) based on round robin testing program. The project methodology will generate test data through a series of round robin tests of a multitude of plug-in vehicle/charger combinations that will be provided to the SAE J2953 Interoperability Committee for the development and refinement of SAE consensus based interoperability standards.

The objective of the project was to conduct a series of tests as part of an evaluation of SAE J2953 standard and to assist SAE in the refinement of the standard.  The standard is used by industry to determine the interoperability of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and ensure that both are compliant with SAE standard J1772.  Two consecutive projects were conducted: (1) AC Level 2 Interoperability Testing Project (ACL2-ITP), and (2) DCFC Interoperability Testing Project (DCFC-ITP).

Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders including nine OEMs and fourteen charging system companies in testing programs and research to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment research area.

1.1.1.2 Vehicle Codes and Standards for the Commercial, Hydrogen, and Fuel Cell Products and Systems (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

06/2013

Customer:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Scope:

Facilitate and accelerate the development of codes, standards, and recommended practice documents for fuel cell powered vehicles. Coordination of activities for the harmonization of standards to support the deployment of hydrogen technologies.

Identification of validation testing requirements for the development of hydrogen-related standards. Industry supported project for development of fueling tests on hydrogen containment vessels to validate modeling.

Demonstrates SAE’s ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders in testing programs and research to advance vehicle technologies. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment research area.

1.1.1.1 Cooperative Research Project to Develop Repeatable Safety Performance Test Procedures for Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems (RESS) (Research Area 5)

Project Timeframe:

11/2014

Customer:

Department of Transportation (DOT) / National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA)

Scope:

EV and Hybrid Vehicle Safety focused project to develop recommended test methodologies. The objective of this project was to develop and document repeatable vehicle level safety performance test procedures and to produce data to evaluate Li-ion based RESS performance with accurate boundary and/or test limit conditions when the RESS is subjected to specific fault conditions or abuse mechanisms.

SAE International developed and managed a Cooperative Research Partnership (CRP) approach to developing objective tests, methods, and metrics for analyzing RESS safety performance. Project participants included five vehicle OEMs, suppliers and testing services companies.

Demonstrates SAE’s ability to bring OEMs, suppliers, and testing services together to conduct research and analysis. Also demonstrates SAE’s abilities to support the Safety Impact Assessment research area.

To learn more about current Government Supported Projects, contact:

Jeff Rouce

Project Specialist-Technical Programs - Global Ground Vehicle Standards
+1-248-273-2490
jeff.rouce@sae.org

X