GM, Ford and Toyota announced yesterday they were forming a consortium to help draw up safety standards for self-driving cars. The automakers said in a statement they were joining forces with automotive engineering group SAE International to establish autonomous vehicle “safety guiding principles to help inform standards development”. The group will also work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development and deployment of these vehicles.

The new group, named the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium, will begin by deciding priorities, with a focus on data sharing, vehicle interaction with other road users and safe testing guidelines.

Randy Visintainer, chief technology officer at Ford’s Autonomous Vehicles unit, said the goal was to work with companies and government “to expedite development of standards that can lead to rule making.”

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