SAE remains the largest international automotive and aerospace standards setting body, and our standards are the global benchmark for safety, quality and the effectiveness of mobility engineering products and services. In 2016, we published over 1,500 new standards, and our consensus-based standards used by the global engineering community and regulatory agencies are a direct result of the joint efforts of the SAE technical committees. SAE maintains an online database of 36,000+ standards, which includes 11,000 active and 25,000 historical standards.
The Aerospace Standards program published a record 962 new, revised and stabilized standards in 2016 showing strong industry demand. This demand also led to the development of two new committees focused on impact and ingestion testing, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) propulsion.
Government and Industry groups requested SAE develop specific standards in 2016 including the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) need for packaging and delivering lithium batteries, the FAA’s desire for standards on rotorcraft inlet barrier filter standards and the U. S. DoD for Human Systems Integration and the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) need for cabin air sensors and additive manufactured plastic cabin parts.
The Aerospace Council membership grew with the addition of Southwest and American Airlines ensuring end users are providing direct input in standards development. The Aerospace Council also met in Beijing, marking the first time the council met in Asia. The meetings were hosted by CAPE.
To discuss and prepare for emerging technologies and future standards’ needs, the second SAE Aerospace Standards Summit was conducted with senior Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense and ICAO representatives providing keynote addresses. Topics included cybersecurity, sensor technology, fiber optics and UAS operator approvals. Additionally, the Electric Aircraft Steering Group continued its groundbreaking work and the Systems Management Council was established to focus on the cross-sector engineering management standards acquired in 2013 from TechAmerica.
2016 saw SAE’s Ground Vehicle Standards advance the connected vehicle through a variety of agreements and contracts improving connectivity and expanding SAE’s leadership role in future regulatory processes.
Fifty-five SAE standards committees focused their efforts on developing standards that cover topics such as dedicated short range communications, automated vehicles, cybersecurity, and vehicle-to-vehicle safety communications.
To enrich global standards development collaboration multiple agreements were finalized with the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), Wi-Fi Alliance, the American Center for Mobility and ITS China. The Partnership SDO agreement with ISO (PSDO) opened a big opportunity to develop standards collaboratively while influencing the process with high quality standard solutions delivered by SAE expert committees.
A separate $9 million, five-year contract was awarded to the SAE Ground Vehicle Standards group from the Federal Highway Administration to deliver standards related to the connected vehicle arena. Helping prepare cities for the impending connected vehicle fleet, SAE partnered with all seven finalists in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge to develop standards for these new technologies.
SAE committees also developed significant standards in new refrigerant and efficiency research, functional safety communications research, wireless battery charging and vehicle diagnostics. Additionally, sales of the SAE H-Point machines reached record levels, MACdb and Certified Power programs grew substantially from international participation, and new CAD-oriented standards products were developed.