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SAEA members are eager to engage in conversation around Autonomous Driving (AD) and Autonomous Driving Assisted Systems (ADAS), given the engineering expertise necessary to implement this technology. The need for skilled experts in this area will increase: researchers forecast that by 2025 we’ll see approximately 8 million autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles on the road.

Engineer Al-Keylani presented a primer on driving automation. He emphasized however that automation is not black and white–there are six levels of AD/ADAS systems for possible use within vehicles, broken down as follows:

  1. Level 0 (No Driving Automation) – most vehicles today
  2. Level 1 (Driver Assistance) – lowest level of automation
  3. Level 2 (Partial Driving Automation) – also called ADAS
  4. Level 3 (Conditional Driving Automation) – large jump from level 2 to 3
  5. Level 4 (High Driving Automation) – can intervene in system failure
  6. Level 5 (Full Driving Automation) – do not require human attention

Engineer Al-Keylani presentation was so well received that members request a second presentation to continue this important subject and continue to education on these up and coming systems in a future conference.