SAE “Level 2+”: Where Future Driverless Ambitions Meet Today’s Market Realities

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By James Hodgson | 1Q 2019 | IN-5401


Semi-Autonomous Driving Takes Center Stage at CES 2019


At CES 2019, the automotive industry continued to dominate, with all of the core automotive technology megatrends—connectivity, automation, electrification, and shared mobility—on display. However, while the automotive industry’s focus on the world’s largest consumer technology event shows no sign of slowing, there was a marked change in the overall focus, with the driverless prototypes that defined automotive at CES 2018 largely displaced by demonstrations of next-generation infotainment technologies and the repeated refrain of “Level 2+.” Having demonstrated their commitment to and investment in the smart mobility future, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are now keen to emphasize how they can begin to monetize these investments in the difficult market conditions of the present.

Why Level 2+?


Between the smart mobility announcements of CES 2018 and the more short-term focus of CES 2019, driverless vehicles have come to market com…

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