International Standards Helping Automation Drive Global Change

By: | April 6th, 2017

Mercedes Benz Driverless Vehicle

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Talk of automated vehicles sounds like utter lunacy. There are a lot of economic and environmental arguments for why automobiles should be driverless, but there are also many technical hurdles to overcome to make vehicles safe. Much of the work to make driverless vehicles safe falls to international standards organizations which will set guidelines for quality and durability of the parts that make up these vehicles.

The global steering and driveline business, a multi-billion dollar global business, provides electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as well as automated driving technologies for OEMs. Nexteer Automotive, a leader in smart and automated technologies, provides intuitive motion control and automated driving technologies. These technologies are relatively new, rapidly advancing, and complicated. With many companies developing the same or similar products globally, the role of standards organizations is extremely important.

According to Crain’s Connecticut Business, “the levels of driving automation range from zero (no automation) to five (full automation).” These levels have been created by SAE International, formally known as the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops international standards for manufacturing (See ISA Video Playlist). Currently, the ISO’s three most popular standards are: ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management, and ISO 27001 Information Security Management. These three standards will go a long way toward making better products available that are environmentally friendly and cybersecure.

As automation is a huge new trend, the ISO’s standards pertaining to automation are critical to the ultimate success of the technology in all its forms. Following are some ISO standards that relate to automation with links to advisory groups, working groups, subcommittees, business plans, working areas and more.

Following is a Rockwell Automation video, “Demonstration of the Standards for Industrial Control Panels.”

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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