Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Driving Automation Systems for On-Road Motor Vehicles (Standard)

  • Published: SAE International 2016
  • Authors: SAE International
  • Date Added: 21 Aug 2017
  • Last Update: 21 Aug 2017
  • Format: html


To define a standard for autonomous vehicles.



Key Findings:

  • An international standard for levels of autonomous driving has been established.

  • It identifies 6 levels of driving automation from ‘no automation’ to ‘full automation’

  • Describe categorical distinctions for a step-wise progression through the levels.

  • Educates the wider community by clarifying for each of the levels, what role (if any) that the driver has to perform while the driving automation system is engaged.


Vehicle standard, Autonomous driving


This standard offers no evidence as to how autonomous driving will help in regard to safety, however it does offer a good picture of where we stand today with regard to the step required for full automation.