The Society of Automotive Engineers

With The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) Lerner is on the Technical Standards Task Force for Identifying Automated Driving System Dedicated Vehicles (ADS-DVs) User Issues for Persons with Disabilities. Level 4 and 5 ADS-DVs with no longitudinal/lateral controls will eventually enable persons who are otherwise unable to obtain a driver’s license for a conventional vehicle, to travel at will. Namely, persons with visual, physical, and/or cognitive impairments. The purpose of this task force is to gather and develop information on user specific issues to this non-driver population of ADS-DV 's and their occupants. We will be looking at pick up and drop off issues for passengers in wheelchairs. The task force will conduct a literature review, as well as consult with advocates for the blind, disabled, elderly and those with varying forms of ability. We will be producing a Information Report that summarizes potential user issues for this community. The task force will work closely with other SAE Committees on any work products created by this new task force. Inclusive design benefits all users not just those with varying degrees of ability.

For the stakeholder interviews, we are looking at four groups: • People with disabilities, or varying forms of abilities. • Advocates/occupational therapists and others in the space. • Universal design, inclusive design, and design for accessibility experts. • Government legislation or standards that are relevant or being introduced or discussed.

From December 2017 through May of 2018 he was a participant on the Fuel Cell Task Force for Compressed Hydrogen Surface Vehicles (CHSVs). The Fuel Cell Standards Committee is responsible for establishing standards for vehicle fuel cell systems and its interfaces to the vehicle. Standards will cover the safety aspects of fuel cell sy stems in the vehicle, test procedures to establish the performance of the system/components, and interface requirements. SAE J2600 applies to the design and testing of CHSV fueling connectors, nozzles, and receptacles. Connectors, nozzles, and receptacles must meet all SAE J2600 requirements and pass all SAE J2600 testing to be considered as SAE J2600 compliant. This document applies to devices which have Pressure Classes of H11, H25, H35, H50 or H70.The Task Force is currently working on the harmonization of SAE J2600 and ISO 17268. The harmonization concerns touch temperature limits on vehicle nozzle and hydrogen station handle, etc.The TAG Chair is the document sponsor for SAE J2601, the only internationally recognized fueling protocol for light duty FCVs.

Center for Automotive Research

Lerner is a subject matter expert with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR produces industry-driven research and analyses, develops forecasts, fosters dialogue, convenes forums, and publicly disseminates research through events, its website, and the media.

As an independent, non-profit, research organization with a multi-disciplinary approach, CAR engages with leaders in the global automotive industry to support technology advancements and improve the competitiveness of the U.S. automotive industry. CAR succeeds through close collaboration and strong relationships with automakers, suppliers, industry associations, government, non-profits, labor organizations, and educational institutions.