Latest Release And Revisions Of The Cornerstone Standard For AI Autonomous Cars  

 Latest Release And Revisions Of The Cornerstone Standard For AI Autonomous Cars  

By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   

The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here! 

That’s what people use to exclaim when the latest iteration of the local phonebook came out and was available for use. It was exciting since the venerated document contained the latest info about how to get ahold of someone. For those of you that perchance remember the antics of Steve Martin in the movie The Jerk, I’m sure you are already chuckling at the mention of a new phonebook and the accompanying delight that oftentimes arose due to the latest release of a thick tome that merely contained updated phone numbers and names. 

It might seem like an oddball reaction nowadays, yet there was some validity to the keen interest in seeing the revisions and updates that arose in the latest incarnation of your local phonebook.   

There is similar effervescent excitement going on for those that are deeply versed in the realm of self-driving cars, and it has to do with a kind-of newly iterated phonebook of sorts. Actually, in this case, the document is a cornerstone standard that many consider the Rosetta Stone for delineating the nature of self-driving capabilities, known as the SAE International standard and stuffily entitled (here’s a mouthful, get ready): “Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Driving Automation Systems for On-Road Motor Vehicles.”   

Those that are in the know refer to the standard by its official designation, namely J3016.   

Within the high-tech field of self-driving cars, there is, of course, a breathless heralding of any brand-new updated release of this famous (or some bitterly say infamous) J3016 defining standard for ground-based autonomous vehicles.   

Having been just posted recently, those within the self-driving car realm are undoubtedly poring through the document, seeking to find what types of changes and revisions have been enacted.   

I’ll be happy to bring you up-to-speed.   

Before any of you start to pull out your hair that perhaps there is an entirely new definition or taxonomy for self-driving cars, the bottom line is that this is a relatively tame set of revisions. The result is a tidiermore approachable version of the revered standard. 

On the other hand, in case you don’t already know, the reason that I earlier referred to the document as the “famous or infamous” standard is that some within the self-driving car industry think the whole thing ought to be redone. Yes, start from scratch, they fervently say. There are a plethora of arguments about the number of levels of autonomy and how to best define the nature of self-driving or driverless technology.   

You can easily engage in a heated debate on the J3016 that will cause your ears to wear out and your eyes to glaze over. Some insist it is a valuable keystone


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