Jeremiah RobertsonJeremiah is a senior engineer with Quantitative Scientific Solutions (QS-2), a small technical consulting firm working with emerging technologies in the transportation domain. Jeremiah has worked with several commercial and federal clients on characterizing the ADS standards landscape and identifying specific gaps that need to be addressed to truly see ADS deployments come to fruition. Jeremiah maintains a strong background in system safety and has developed unique approaches to developing safety performance indicators that provide proactive assessments of potential accidents. Jeremiah is a member of several SAE committees and task forces (Functional Safety and On-Road Automated Driving) as well as ISO subcommittees (ISO/TC 22/SC 32). In addition to supporting standards and best practices development, Jeremiah performs unique research projects for federal clients to help understand the current state of the art of ADS technology, and provides recommendations on paths forward to help ensure safe deployments.
AV safety standards and regulations – where we are and where we’re heading
AV deployments continue to expand to new operational design domains (ODDs) as companies work to improve their automated driving system capabilities and grow into new geographic markets. With this expansion comes an increased focus on public road testing guidelines like those outlined in SAE J3018B and the AVSC best practice for In-Vehicle Fallback Test Driver Selection, Training, and Oversight Procedures for Automated Vehicles Under Test. One of the looming concerns with these increased deployments is how companies are ensuring the safety of on-road users, vulnerable road users and in-vehicle occupants during this stage in the product lifecycle. Although current best practices and standards provide a broad industry approach, there is still a critical need for regulations to provide consistency in deployments across different states and cities. As New York City adopts a process to permit AV testing, this is yet another example of a variation in requirements to allow companies to perform limited deployments. In addition, most best practices focus on safety metrics to capture, types of data to record, and safety driver training and oversight. There is still a gap in understanding what requirements are needed to perform monitoring (whether in the driver’s seat, in the back seat, remote operator, etc) and guidelines to performing deployment management in terms of safety responsibilities, sensor integrity, utilizing simulation and change management, to name a few. This presentation will outline some of the current progress in standards surrounding on-road testing and describe a path forward for ensuring vehicles are deployed safely in a harmonized manner by laying out the standards or best practices that remain as critical gaps.