AV Safety Verification
NHTSA has funded this research project
This NHTSA project is about creating a system which can be retrofit to any AV and can serve as an independent, objective method for assessing its performance on the road, in a naturalistic environment. Systems like this might be used by independent evaluators. This project is about how to make these measurements, but just as importantly, what the criteria for evaluation should be.
UMTRI researchers are collecting one terabyte of raw data an hour. So far, over 200 terabytes have been collected.
The system is being piloted on a Cadillac CTS with SuperCruise which sometimes is active, but largely the vehicle is human driven. Analysis of the data collected by the system in fact can show some subtle differences in driving patterns between the different humans behind the wheel.
There are currently no no regulations or processes for evaluation of AVs on the road. When complete (early next year), this project’s results may guide NHTSA in these areas.