The proposed UL 4600 standard is the first comprehensive safety standard for autonomous products. UL 4600 will address safety principles and processes for the evaluation of autonomous products. The standard will address the ability of autonomous products to perform their intended function without human intervention, based on their current state and sensing of their operating environment. Other safety aspects of the autonomous will also be addressed. The Standard will encompass fully autonomous systems that move, such as self-driving cars; vehicles for mining, agriculture, and maintenance; and lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles. The first version will be specific to autonomous self-driving cars that do not depend upon humans to perform or supervise driving (e.g., SAE Level 4). It is envisioned that future end product standards will tailor UL 4600 to address specialized applications such as warehouse robots.

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