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[ARCHIVE] Do Automated Vehicle Systems Work? [ARCHIVE] Do Automated Vehicle Systems Work?
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Establishing AAA’s presence in the evolving mobility landscape rests on the association’s ability to answer the pressing question, “Do automated vehicle systems work?”. Considering industry focus on autonomous capabilities, the federation is leveraging every available resource to document the benefits – and limitations – of these systems.

Luckily, there are significant assets within the federation. The AAA Automotive Engineering team has partnered with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center since 2013, and more recently with Mountain West Group’s GoMentum Station. The combined engineering and technical capabilities deliver a significant competitive advantage to AAA’s voice on the safety of vehicle designs.

Examples of collaborative projects include weather-related impacts to automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance, the effectiveness of pedestrian detection systems, and previous research into Level 2 driving automation.

The team tackled testing of driver monitoring systems in August. Tests of real-world driving scenarios were conducted on Southern California roadways and dedicated tracks within GoMentum Station. Results will be shared with clubs and media in the first quarter of 2022.

Evaluation of critical advanced driving systems will continue next year, including an updated look at automatic emergency braking which will be standard on all 2022 models. The landscape will continue to evolve long-term, but it’s important for AAA to also represent short-term changes in mobility and associated results.

Greg Brannon Director, Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations

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