AVSC Best Practice for Describing an Operational Design Domain: Conceptual Framework and Lexicon
- Best Practice
An ADS-operated vehicle’s operational design domain (ODD) is defined by the manufacturer based on numerous factors. Research is underway at other organizations to define and organize ODD elements into taxonomies and other relational constructs. In order to enhance collaboration and communication between manufacturers and developers and transportation authorities, common terms and consistent frameworks are needed.
The conceptual framework presented by Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium establishes a lexicon that can be used consistently by ADS developers and manufacturers responsible for defining their ADS ODD. A common framework and lexicon will reduce confusion, align expectations, and therefore build public trust, acceptance, and confidence.
The guidance in this document is intended for:
- The technical community (e.g. manufacturers and developers)
- Public agencies (e.g. regulatory authorities)
- Infrastructure owner-operators
- The public
This document, Best Practice for Describing an Operational Design Domain: Conceptual Framework and Lexicon is a critical first step. It offers a conceptual framework for manufacturers and developers to use when communicating with public agencies and the general public about their ADS’s ODD. It also details a list of potential variables with definitions that manufacturers and developers might use to describe certain aspects of the ODDs of their ADS-operated vehicles. It was developed with fleet-managed, SAE Level 4 vehicles in mind — i.e. vehicles requiring no human intervention to operate within their ODD. These vehicles are NOT privately owned.
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The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium is an industry program of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia. We're comprised of engineering and technology company members in the automated vehicle space who bring decades of experience launching safe, innovative mobility technologies. We're working to advance safer testing, development, and deployment of automated vehicles.We fulfill this mission by aligning members around critical issues facing developers, reaching consensus, and publishing and disseminating best practices that lead to broader adoption, and ultimately, formalized standards. Visit https://avsc.sae-itc.org/ for more information.