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Aurora releases tools to measure the safety of self-driving systems

Aurora releases tools to measure the safety of self-driving systems

File Photo: On November 29, 2018, three of the 600 Waymo Chrysler Pacifica hybrid self-driving cars were parked and exhibited during a demonstration in Chandler, Arizona. REUTERS / Caitlin O’Hara

August 18, 2021

(Reuters) – Aurora, a Silicon Valley self-driving startup founded by former Tesla, Uber, and Google executives, evaluates whether and when autonomous trucks and vehicles can be safely deployed on public roads. It states that it is the industry’s first tool. The person holding the steering wheel.

“I think this is the only way to get a product that is safe and commercializable,” said Chris Urmson, co-founder and CEO of Aurora’s new Safety Case Framework.

Aurora is working with partners PACCAR and Volvo Group to bring autonomous driving systems to commercial heavy-duty truck services in late 2023.

The release of a safety tool that provides methodologies and metrics for measuring development-to-deployment progress is Tesla’s autopilot following a series of Tesla-related crashes by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It will be conducted a few days after the investigation of the driving support function is started. Models and emergency vehicles.

Armson described the latest NHTSA study on Tesla as a “structured approach” to test and validate the safety of autonomous driving systems, “not relevant” to Aurora’s decision to release the framework. “. It contains four levels of claims related to the safe development, testing and evaluation of Aurora’s autonomous driving systems and requires supporting evidence.

Urmson has been in continuous dialogue with US safety agencies since running Google’s self-driving car program. This program was subsequently renamed to Waymo.

Aurora has also held relevant discussions with professional agencies such as the Association of Automotive Engineers and the Association of Electrical and Electronic Engineers to “consider different standards and approaches to safety.”

The five-year-old Bay Area company will be listed later this year with a market capitalization of $ 13 billion after raising more than $ 2.2 billion.

Aurora’s early investors included Amazon, Hyundai, BMW, Shell and SoftBank. Fund Manager Fidelity, Baillie Gifford, T. Lowprice is backing a reverse merger of Aurora’s SPAC support, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

(Report by Paul Lienert of Detroit, edited by Dan Grebler)



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