The MTA Institute (MTAI) trains approximately 1,500 students throughout Queensland and takes pride in ensuring each student is learning and evolving with the ongoing changes and disruptors happening in the automotive industry.

Autonomous vehicles is, without a doubt, one of the biggest disruptors the automotive industry faces. For those working within the Motor Trades, hardly a day goes by without a mention of autonomous vehicles and the rapid progression being made on self-driving technology.

Already there are established levels of autonomous vehicles, some which are already in place on our roads today. But, as an apprentice or trainee starting out in the automotive industry; it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the onslaught of technological changes we will see in the coming years.

So, how are the various levels of autonomous vehicles measured?

Published in 2014 by SAE International (a non-profit automotive standardization body), a classification system based on six distinct levels was released.

Level 0: No Automation
Automated system has no vehicle control, but may issue warnings.

Level 1: Driver Assistance
Driver must be ready to take control at any time. Automated system may include features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Parking Assistance with automated steering, and Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA). Level 2 in any combination.

Level 2: Partial Automation

The driver is obliged to detect objects and events and respond if the automated system fails to respond properly. The automated system executes accelerating, braking, and steering. The automated system can deactivate immediately upon takeover by the driver.

Level 3: Conditional Automation
Within known, limited environments (such as freeways), the driver can safely turn their attention away from driving tasks.

Level 4: High Automation
The automated system can control the vehicle in all but a few environments such as severe weather. The driver must enable the automated system only when it is safe to do so. When enabled, driver attention is not required.

Level 5: Full Automation
Other than setting the destination and starting the system, no human intervention is required. The automatic system can drive to any location where it is legal to drive.

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Source: Mevo

28 Sep 2017