kVA by UL and Stantec GenerationAV™ Team Up to Advance Global Approach to Autonomous Vehicle Safety

NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — kVA by UL, a global leader in automotive safety standards, and Stantec GenerationAV™, the autonomous vehicle consulting arm of global design firm Stantec, have announced that they are collaborating to advance the safe deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) projects. Together, the two global players will offer customers a scalable safety advisory, validation and verification process within the operating environment, management operations and the vehicle. As cities and transportation agencies, residential and commercial developers, educational and healthcare institutions, energy producers and other entities make plans for AVs on streets and roadways, the complementary services from kVA by UL and Stantec GenerationAV offer a complete advisory solution, taking a systems view of multiple technologies in multiple domains with their respective safety impact.

“Before mass AV deployment can occur, people want assurance of AV safety,” said Mary Joyce, vice president and general manager of UL’s New Mobility division. “Establishing consumer confidence requires integrating safe AV technology in communities everywhere. That’s why we are excited to work with Stantec to offer communities a service that helps them better understand technology safety status and coalesce around actions in their AV infrastructure plans with safety as the priority,” Joyce said.

kVA by UL offers customers analysis from safety experts who will apply a critical and independent eye to safety and risk factors. The resulting analysis will highlight safety concerns in real-world conditions and provide safety and risk mitigation across diverse stakeholder viewpoints, including urban planners, transportation officials, insurance providers, vehicle manufacturers and AV technology developers.

The services will include an analysis of hazards and risks from AV technology applications, software, hardware, infrastructure, operational design domains, data, operations and overall technology integration. A combination of best practices and standards will be used, including UL 4600, the Standard For Safety For The Evaluation Of Autonomous Products, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 26262 Road Vehicles – Functional Safety, ISO 21448 Road Vehicles – Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF).  Customers will receive a management dashboard that can be leveraged to drive safety improvements.

“AV technology is changing the way we move people and goods, which impacts communities globally,” said Corey Clothier, director of Stantec GenerationAV. “Safety and risk evaluations, operational protocols, policy considerations and stakeholder engagement will lead to trust in the technology and determine the level and speed of AV adoption. We are delighted to work with kVA by UL to support AV deployment decisions and accelerate automated mobility.”

Stantec GenerationAV is advancing the adoption of automated mobility through end-to-end consulting services, including deployment planning, safety assessment and AV education. Stantec was recently selected to lead the implementation of the GoMed Program at the Las Vegas Medical District, one of the first long-term AV deployments in the world.

About kVA by UL
kVA by UL’s knowledge of the automotive product development lifecycle sets us apart in the functional safety industry. From hazard analysis to functional design and validation target-setting, we understand safety for complex electronic systems. Visit kvausa.com to learn more.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. For more information on Stantec GenerationAV™ visit www.stantec.com/genav.  

About UL
UL is the global safety science leader. We deliver testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help our customers, based in more than 100 countries, achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals. Our deep knowledge of products and intelligence across supply chains make us the partner of choice for customers with complex challenges. Discover more at UL.com.

For information about Standards development and other nonprofit activities, visit UL.org.

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UL
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Colin Nekolaichuk
Stantec
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