SAE releases updated standard for on-road AV testing
In continuing efforts to establish standardized groundwork for the automated vehicle technology, SAE International has released SAE J3018 Information Report: Guidelines for Safe On-Road Testing of SAE Level 3, 4 and 5 Automated Driving Systems (ADS).
«SAE International leads standardizing activities for the rapidly advancing automation technology. These activities not only require development of new standards but also timely revisions of the existing ones. The updated J3018 standard will better reflect the needs for safe on-road performance testing of the technology today and into the future» said Jack Pokrzywa, Director of Global Ground Vehicle Standards at SAE International.
The document provides general safety-relevant guidance for testing prototypes - conditional, high and full (SAE Levels 3 to 5) ADS-equipped—on test vehicles operated in mixed-traffic environments on public roads. Guidelines specifically addresses testing of ADS-operated vehicles as overseen by in-vehicle fallback test drivers and does not include guidance for evaluating the performance of post-production ADS-equipped vehicles.
Some areas covered in the new guidance: how long a test driver can work without a break, finding the optimal testing variables to retain the driver's attention, skills drivers need for testing earlier-stage vs. later-stage prototypes, a breakdown of training (classroom, simulation, test track or on-road) that test drivers should receive and using 2 safety drivers for each vehicle to avoid work overload.