This open call invites companies, research institutions and safety experts to submit their innovative proposals for a state-of-the-art architecture for safe self-driving cars.

Inspired by our vision for new ways of working in the mobility industry, The Autonomous launched its Innovation Stream to facilitate cooperation across the industry and work on global reference solutions for various safety challenges.


As part of the Innovation Stream, The Autonomous kicked off in June 2021 the first Working Group on “Safety & Architecture,” thus bringing together diverse companies and academia to define the state-of-the-art system architecture for safe self-driving cars, and more precisely, for an SAE Level 4 Highway Pilot.


Safety is the number one priority for all our community members and contributors. We all strongly believe it is not an area to compete on but collaborate on so that ultimately people gain trust in this revolutionizing and life-critical autonomous technology.


For this reason, the members of our Working Group Safety & Architecture have recently decided to actively engage with even more industry stakeholders on this crucial topic.


This open call invites companies and research institutions to submit innovative proposals for a state-of-the-art fault-tolerant architecture for safe self-driving cars.


The goal is to evaluate and compare these different conceptual architecture candidates using the appropriate KPIs.  For more details about the call and the requirements, please download here the specific guidelines.

Submission deadline:

April 15th, 23:59 CET. All applications must be emailed in English to the Chairman of The Autonomous Working Group Safety & Architecture, Christoph Schulze via

Who can contribute:

System architects and safety experts from industry and academia who can deliver a reasonable proposal on how to structure fault-tolerant systems.

What to submit:

The working group is looking for conceptual architecture proposals for the E/E system calculating the actuator commands (automated driving intelligence) for an SAE L4 highway pilot. Ideally, the proposal is based on block diagrams and does not show particular hardware or software.

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Open Call Guidelines

Why should you participate in this open call?

  1. Get a detailed assessment of your system architecture candidate by all The Autonomous Working Group members.
  2. Participate and present live your system architecture candidate at The Autonomous Working Group workshop on April 28th29th
  3. Stay up to date with the progress of The Autonomous Working Group Safety & Architecture and report increments.


Should you have any further queries related to this call for proposals, please reach out to us.


Remember, it is not about doing it all on your own! At The Autonomous we encourage a peer-led approach to safe self-driving technology.


We look forward to receiving your proposals and discussing the best candidates!

By Iulia Juchert

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