Before giving his talk on Improving SOTIF Coverage Through Data Analytics at the online Scale Up 360° Tech.AD USA conference, Vivek Jaikamal, Senior Business Development Manager at AVL List GmbH, gives us a quick overview of this pressing topic.
The biggest technical challenge is really the handling of unknown unknowns, especially those that pose a safety risk, that humans are inherently capable of responding to.
It would be the ability to anticipate situations even up to 800m ahead on the road in order to allow the AV sufficient time to react if necessary. Today’s sensors, no matter how many you put on a vehicle, aren’t able to match the capability of the human eyes and ears in sensing, classifying and tracking objects that far ahead and plan accordingly.
We are actively working on technologies that will allow OEMs to identify and complete a larger portion of the safety-relevant tests in simulation and on the testbed in order to accelerate the safe deployment of AVs. We are also working with standardization organizations around the world in order to enable the uniform evaluation of active safety features and the homologation of autonomous vehicles.
5G connectivity would open up a host of new possibilities – not just reliable V2X communication that will increase safety both in urban and poor visibility conditions, but also better utilization of urban infrastructure such as street lights and parking meters. And if you are going to let your AV drive you around, you will want the full power of the internet to make that ride productive! However, significant challenges remain to be overcome before the benefits of 5G can be fully realized.
Although AV development has come a long way in the last decade, we have also found significant gaps in technology, both hardware and software, that are needed to be closed in order to make L5 AVs safe and practical. Then there are the regulatory and social aspects of AVs that still remain to be sorted out. I believe we are far away from massive deployment of L5 vehicles – at least 15 years if not more.
In my session, I will address the need to expand the pool of SOTIF relevant scenarios in order to reduce the risk and hazard levels resulting from unknown and unsafe operating conditions. I will talk about AVL’s approach to derive these scenarios from measurement data from real-world fleets.
The first car I drove was a 1960 Fiat 1100D – a lovely combination of simplicity, reliability and “suicide” front doors that served us well for many years. My dream car of the future would be a car that is fully recyclable, one that would blend with the environment and be intelligent enough to adapt to my needs and taste.
Join Vivek Jaikamal’s webinar session at ScaleUp 360° Tech.AD USA:
Session title: Improving SOTIF Coverage Through Data Analytics
Date: Wednesday June 24, 2020, 10:15 PDT
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