American Center for Mobility, SAE International and ITE to fast-track CAV standards


The American Center for Mobility (ACM) has signed agreements with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International to start the creation of voluntary standards for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), as well as associated technologies and infrastructure.

Based at the former General Motors plant at Willow Run, the Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation of CAV technology, and accelerate the development of voluntary standards. The ACM is part of the Planet M collaborative that represents Michigan’s unique infrastructure and leading role in transforming how people and goods are transported. Through memorandums of understanding (MoUs), ACM, ITE and SAE International will collaborate to identify specific areas where immediate guidelines need to be developed to ensure safe and effective deployment of automated vehicle testing and implementation technologies.

As international professional associations for engineers and technical experts, ITE and SAE possess a wealth of expertise in transportation systems, mobility, automotive and commercial vehicles. Together with the ACM, the three will work in concert to pinpoint methods, processes, organizations, and business practices that can be employed to establish and expedite deployment of new CAV standards. In addition to formally establishing the standards work with ITE and SAE, the ACM recently held its first CAV Test and Validation Standards workshop, which was attended by more than 20 OEMs, automotive suppliers, and standards development organizations, convened to discuss CAV testing, validation, and standardization.

“We are looking forward to working with ACM and SAE International to help expedite development of standards for safely integrating connected and automated vehicles into the transportation system,” said Jeffrey F Paniati, ITE executive director and CEO. “We have a long history of working with SAE on ITS-related standards, and through this new partnership with ACM we will be able to identify the standards needed to move automated and connected vehicles to a broad audience.”

John Maddox, president and CEO for ACM, commented, “Voluntary standards are urgent and critical for automated vehicle technology and infrastructure. We’re excited to be working with these two leading organizations which are world-renowned for their work on standardization.”

Jack Pokrzywa, SAE’s director of vehicle standardization, added, “The path to automated vehicle technology must include real-life testing to enhance robust standardization, which in turn provides more reliable deployment. We look forward to collaborating with ACM and ITE to make that happen.”

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