Safety and, as importantly, the perception of safety could be the pin that pricks the expectations surrounding the autonomous vehicle future. Recognizing the importance of safety to the success of this still nascent industry, autonomous taxi start-up, Voyage, recently placed their testing and reporting procedures in an open source framework. Voyage Co-Founder, Eric Gonzalez explains in the above interview that, at launch, there are four functional blocks to OAS (Open Autonomous Safety) that are now part of a GitHub repository:
- Scenario Testing
- Functional Testing
- Autonomy Assessment
- Testing toolkit
Oliver Cameron, Voyage Co-Founder and CEO, is excited to see participation and says, “We can’t wait to have all of these contributions from companies from around the world; contribute to build the actual standard in autonomous safety.”
And the Rest of the Story (added 5/23/18):
The video below is the complete interview with Voyage’s Oliver Cameron and Eric Gonzalez and addresses things such as:
- Other potential functional elements that could be added in the future, such as cybersecurity
- The use of GitHub as a repository for OAS information
- Scenario playback from real-world driving situations
- Key-performance metrics and how they might evolve
The core idea is openness and transparency regarding safety. To paraphrase Princeton’s Dr. Kornhauser’s message in this GovTech article, safety should not be a competitive advantage.
The OAS framework could provide industry, the public and regulators with an opportunity to speak the same language.
Speaking at the SmartDrivingCar Summit, the CIO for the California DMV, Bernard Soriano, explained that the intent of the DMV’s initial reporting requirements for autonomous were to be somewhat open-ended and not too prescriptive. By allowing the autonomous vehicle license holders to submit data they felt important, it has helped educate the DMV in refining their data collection and reporting mechanisms. The open-source foundation of OAS could help further the DMV’s efforts through a collaborative approach with all stakeholders.
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next week’s 2018 SmartDrivingCar Summit to see the rest of the interview, as well as hear from other leaders in the autonomous vehicle space. ViodiTV was will be there in support of the 2018 SmartDrivingCar Summit, so stay tuned for ViodiTV video coverage of that event.