WARRENDALE, Pa. — SAE International, an association of transportation engineers involved in standards development, has endorsed an effort to define more accurately for consumers Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) used increasingly in passenger vehicles.
The effort — outlined in a document dubbed "Clearing the Confusion: Recommended Common Naming for Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies" — is a joint effort by the SAE, AAA Inc., Consumer Reports, J.D. Power & Associates and the National Safety Council.
"With advanced safety technologies being added to new vehicles every year, we recognize that it's important that consumers understand the technologies they are using and common descriptions can help," Chad Zagorski, chair of the SAE International Active Safety Systems Standards Committee, said.
"Educating drivers on key terms such as 'Lane Keeping Assistance' and 'Automatic Emergency Braking' helps drivers have consistent expectations and awareness of the functionality of their vehicle's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems."
Auto makers use varied terminology to describe ADAS, so the recommended common terminology and clarifications provided in "Clearing the Confusion" are designed to help eliminate confusion and ensure that drivers are aware that these systems are designed to assist, not replace, an engaged driver, the SAE said.
The SAE Active Safety Terms and Definitions Task Force is revising SAE J3063TM Standard: Active Safety Systems Terms and Definitions, a more detailed document for use by engineers. The update to SAE J3063 will be more robust as a result of the input from the community of stakeholders engaged in the current "Clearing the Confusion" effort, SAE said.
"These recommendations are not meant to replace auto maker proprietary system or package names, but rather help identify key functions within those packages and provide clarity to consumers," Keith Wilson, technical program manager at SAE, said.