Safety in the self-driving car realm is a top concern and one that I wanted to discuss with Karl Iagnemma, President of AptivAutonomous Mobility and founder of NuTonomy, when we met recently.
We were both at the TechCrunch TC Sessions: Mobility summit in San Jose, California this month, and carved out some riveting moments to collegially chat and engage in an energetic dialogue on the all-important topic of safety of autonomous cars, doing so among the noisy hubbub and frenetic activity that’s a hallmark of these kinds of gatherings.
Dovetailing into our discussion was the recently released white paperentitled “Safety First For Automated Driving,” which many are referring to as SaFAD as a handy acronym.
I’ll first offer some of my thoughts about the SaFAD and then share with you a curated set of key points that emerged in my in-depth discussion with Karl on the topic of safety and driverless cars.
About The Safety First For Automated Driving Report
The white paper contains an indication of various generic safety aspects about self-driving cars and was jointly put together by 11 companies that are in this burgeoning space.
At around 150 pages of somewhat technical material (though not overly technical, for those that are tech-savvy in this niche), another moniker some are colloquially using to refer to the report is “the brick,” simply because it is not a typical scant and glossy white paper, and instead covers some quite heavy material and amounted to a relatively longer sized and heftier document.
The companies putting together this report did so collaboratively on a voluntary basis, and there’s nothing binding per se about the result, other than it does helpfully start toward a kind of emerging blueprint or template for thinking cohesively and comprehensively about the safety of driverless vehicles.
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