IEEE to Define an Automated Vehicle Standard

22 December, 2019

The new IEEE P2846 Standard is to employ concepts such as Safety Force Field (SFF) from NVIDIA, Responsibility Sensitive Safety from Mobileye, and others

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a proposal to develop a standard for safety considerations in automated vehicle (AV) decision-making and named Intel Senior Principal Engineer Jack Weast to lead the workgroup. Participation in the workgroup is open to companies across the AV industry. Group members will hold their first meeting at the end of January, 2020, in the Intel facility, San Jose CA.

The new standard is called IEEE P2846. Its purpose is to define a parameterized formal model for automated vehicle decision making that enables industry and government alike to align on a common definition. The standard will define a formal rules-based mathematical model for automated vehicle decision making using discrete mathematics and logic. The model applies to the planning and decision-making functions of an SAE Level 3-5 automated vehicle.

The model is formally verifiable, technology neutral, and parameterized to allow for regional customization by governments as desired. The standard applies to specified driving scenarios and cases, which do not eliminate all hazards but balance safety with practicability. For example, some scenarios include highway driving and potentially full urban driving.

The standard also describes a test methodology and tools necessary to perform verification of an automated vehicle to assess conformance with the standard. The proposed standard does not address the host vehicle navigation system implementing the logic or anything relating to perception, object detection, recognition, verification and/or classification, free space detection, etc.

Intel announced it will contribute to the Working Group its Responsibility Sensitive Safety concept, developed by Mobileye (an Intel company). RSS is a formal model that covers all the important ingredients of an autonomous vehicle: sense, plan and act. It standardizes safety assurance — what are the minimal requirements that every self-driving car must satisfy, and how to verify these requirements. P2846 aim is to be model independent, and will employ other models as well, such as the Safety Force Field (SFF) from NVIDIA, and others.

Jack Weast (photo above) is VP of Automated Vehicle Standards at Mobileye.

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