Defining What Vehicle Automation Really Means

November 15, 2016 at 11:04 AM

� Carmakers are rushing to provide their vehicles with increasing ability to pilot themselves. But the race can create confusion among about just what “autonomous driving” really means—and not just among consumers. The same concern can hamper the efficiency of the industry’s efforts to innovate in this critical evolution in personal transportation.

To clarify the terminology, SAE International has developed precise definitions for six levels of driving automation ranging from zero (100% human control) to five (0% human control). Barbara Wendling, a principal engineer with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, chairs SAE’s On-Road Automated Driving (ORAD) definitions task force that created the definitions.

Wendling explains how the terminology, known formally as SAE J3016, has emerged as a key definition for levels of driving automation. Click HERE to learn more.