Automated & Connected

SAE International creates “Office of Automation”

Automated and connected vehicles are rapidly evolving in an ecosystem marked by dynamic technologies, intense competition and the convergence of cross-disciplinary challenges. To enable the development and dissemination of these transformative technologies, SAE International (SAE) created the Office of Automation, the company announced Thursday. According to SAE, the Office of Automation will act as a coordinating function for all SAE activities and serve as a bridge between other SAE Group organizations, providing technical resources to facilitate the flow of automated vehicle information.

Edward Straub, DM, Director of the SAE Office of Automation, said the new office will continue SAE’s 100+ year tradition of connecting and educating mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions.


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“SAE occupies a unique position as a neutral forum where industry, government, academia and the research communities convene to develop both practices and bodies of knowledge. ADS technologies are a cross-disciplinary challenge. Through this new office, SAE is creating an ecosystem to develop and exchange socio-technical information, foster workforce development and create public awareness,” Dr. Straub said.

Dr. Staub joined SAE International in August 2018 from the American Center for Mobility, where he was the Technical Program Director and Chief Safety Officer. Previously, Ed was a Program Manager with US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) where he planned and led Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations (ARIBO).

A primary objective of the SAE Office of Automation will be to establish industry consortia through SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) group and engage industry OEMs and developers to build program governance, operations, and funding models.

Matt De Reno is SAE MOBILUS web portal manager at SAE International. His interests include automated and connected vehicles, micromobility, smart cities, and automotive cybersecurity.  

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