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    Topic: Vehicle Automation Capability    Posted: Jun/12/2016 at 3:45pm – author:jvecchi
    In order to ensure capture of data related to the new technological safety features of vehicles, we need to add definitions of levels and driver-assistance or vehicle autonomy.  

    I would propose we add a classification of Motor Vehicles by Level of Automation/Autonomy.


    The MMUCC revision is suggesting the following, excluding the underlined parts, which are added here for clarity:

    No-Automation: The driver is in complete and sole control of the primary vehicle controls – brake, steering, throttle, and motive power – at all times. 

    Partial Automation:  Driver-Assist Systems. Automation at this level involves one or more specific control functions. Examples include electronic stability control or pre-charged brakes, where the vehicle automatically assists with braking to enable the driver to regain control of the vehicle or stop faster than possible by acting alone. This level involves automation of at least two primary control functions designed to work in unison to relieve the driver of control of those functions. An example of combined functions enabling a Level 2 system is adaptive cruise control in combination with lane centering. • Vehicles at this level of automation enable the driver to cede full control of all safety-critical functions under certain traffic or environmental conditions and in those conditions to rely heavily on the vehicle to monitor for changes in those conditions requiring transition back to driver control. The driver is expected to be available for occasional control, but with sufficiently comfortable transition time. The Google car is an example of limited self-driving automation. 

    Full Automation: Human intervention is not needed. The vehicle is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip. Such a design anticipates that the driver will provide destination or navigation input, but is not expected to be available for control at any time during the trip. This includes both occupied and unoccupied vehicles. 


    Joan vecchi,Project Manager


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