Definitions relating to automated driving systems and details on the SAE levels of driving automation can be found in SAE J 3016-2021: Taxonomy And Definitions For Terms Related To Driving Automation Systems For On-Road Motor Vehicles.
The Emergence of Automated Driving Systems
As technology consistently follows a pattern of upward progression, concepts once unique to science fiction are manifesting in reality. One formerly-fictional concept now emerging in the automotive industry is automated driving.
Automated driving systems in vehicles are often called one of several interchangeable names, either in their sci-fi origins or in modern colloquial usage, including “self-driving cars,” “driverless cars,” or “automated vehicles.” These terms have burgeoned in usage in recent years due to numerous industry leaders and pioneers exploring the possibility of realistically implementing them in the near future.
However, these endeavors unearth uncertainty. Companies are trying to find where to begin and what factors to consider.