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In the News: Intel’s Role in Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Autonomous vehicle safety has been a hot topic since AVs became a real possibility. But more attention has been paid recently as it becomes clear that safety must be solved before AVs will be given their licenses to drive. This is no easy challenge as recent articles have made clear. Intel’s Mobileye first proposed Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) two years ago in an effort to get regulators and industry aligned on the safety challenge.

More: Autonomous Driving at Intel | Mobileye News

Read on to learn what is on experts’ minds and how Intel, Mobileye and RSS factor into the AV safety solution:

The Road to AV Safety Has Potholes (EE|Times): “Getting a highly automated vehicle on the road might not be rocket science but it’s not far from it either. The lingering mystery is whether there’s a practical way for AV companies to demonstrate that their vehicles are safe.”

Is There Math for Drive Cautiously? (EE|Times): “To make human intuition comprehensible to a machine we need to formalize it mathematically, define it, and pick the number behind the definition — whether the result is deemed a ‘safe speed’ in a certain neighborhood or a safe following distance for AVs.”

“Move Fast and Break Things” Won’t Make Self-Driving Cars Safe (Quartz): “In the end? Miles alone aren’t worth that much. What matters is quality. Because outliers – low-probability but potentially lethal events – are so rare, accounting for them by chance is virtually impossible.”

How Many Test Miles Make a Vehicle Safe? (Semiconductor Engineering): “‘The biggest piece missing is a formal definition of what it means for an automated vehicle to drive safely because, frankly, without that you have nothing to measure or test against,’ said Jack Weast, senior principal engineer at Intel and vice president of autonomous vehicle standards at Mobileye (which Intel bought in 2017). The existing regulatory guidance, or lack thereof — and existing industry standards like ISO 26262 and even emerging standards, SOTIF and UL4600 — are all necessary but not sufficient.”

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