USA: Intel, in collaboration with 10 industry leaders in automotive and autonomous driving technology, today published “Safety First for Automated Driving,” a framework for the design, development, verification and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles (AVs). The paper builds on Intel’s model for safer AV decision-making known as Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS).
According to Jack Weast, Senior Principal Engineer and Vice-President, Mobileye, “Industry collaboration on the safety of automated vehicles is key to realizing a safe and responsible autonomous future. We are proud to have contributed to the groundbreaking work to establish a framework for introducing automated vehicles that are safe by design. We look forward to collaboration with additional industry partners on this comprehensive framework as well as on Intel’s RSS model.”
Developing AVs that are verifiably safe by design is critical to enabling higher levels of autonomy on public roads. “Safety First for Automated Driving” brings together vast expertise from leading global automakers, suppliers and technology providers in the industry’s first comprehensive guidance for developing safe-by-design AVs.
The foundation of the paper is 12 guiding principles and the steps necessary to realize them. Each principle is refined into a series of capabilities that a safe AV must support; safety elements are then derived to implement the capabilities. (Descriptions of the principles begin on page five of the paper.)
Intel’s RSS model is highlighted under the Drive Planning Element that supports a capability to “create a collision-free and lawful driving plan.” This element achieves the top-level principle to behave safely as a means to understand, predict and manage the manners of AVs and help ensure they conform to the rules of the road.