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Liaison statement
Establishment of the new ITU Focus Group on AI for Autonomous & Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD)

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State Posted
Submitted Date 2019-11-01
From Group ITU-T-SG-9
From Contact Stefano Polidori
To Group ipwave
To Contacts Carlos Bernardos <>
Russ Housley <>
Cc Éric Vyncke <>
IP Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments Discussion List <>
Carlos Bernardos <>
Scott Mansfield <>
Russ Housley <>
Suresh Krishnan <>
Response Contact
Purpose For information
Attachments FG-AI4AD_Background_&_ToR
This FG-AI4AD comes at a time when road traffic injuries are the leading cause
of death. There is a clear need to ensure AI innovations are focused on
eliminating this global epidemic.

The FG-AI4AD is established as a multi-stakeholder group open to participation
from anyone, including governments, academia, industry, NGOs, SDOs and other
interested parties. Participation is free of charge. I’ve attached the agreed
Background and Terms of Reference which covers the tasks, activities and

The objective of the Focus Group is to support standardization activities for
services and applications enabled by AI systems in autonomous and assisted
driving in accordance with the 1949 and 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. The
work of this FG links closely with the UNECE Global Forum for Road Safety (e.g.
WP1, WP29, GRVA) and progresses will be shared with such committees.

The FG aims to establish a universal minimal performance threshold for AI
enabled driving functions (such as AI as a Driver) which is essential to
building the global public trust required for widespread deployment of AI on
our roads.

It is important to define such a minimal acceptable performance threshold for
AI deployed on our roads and meet the minimum public expectation that; 1.    AI
meets, or exceeds, the performance of a competent & careful human driver 2.   
AI never engages in careless, dangerous or reckless driving behaviour 3.    AI
remains aware, willing and able to avoid collisions at all times

We would like you to join and contribute to this international platform, with
other stakeholders, to lay the foundations for making roads safer worldwide.

Please find the FG-AI4AD webpage at: