GM, Ford, Toyota, SAE to set autonomous vehicle testing and standards

Three major automakers said last week they were forming a consortium to help draw up safety standards for self-driving cars that could eventually help create regulations in the United States.

General Motors, Ford and Toyota 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,” they added.

Regulators in the United States have been grappling with how to regulate self-driving cars, with other countries watching closely to see how the implementation of the emerging technology pans out.