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Erik Antonsson

Before founding Streetscope Inc to provide quantitative assessments of traffic safety, Erik served as CEO of aiPod, developing autonomous urban mobility; corporate director of technology for the Northrop Grumman Corporation; and established and led the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Research Laboratories. He served as professor of mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, and as executive officer (chair) and as chief technologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Dr Antonsson earned a BSc from Cornell University and a PhD from MIT.


A new measure of AV Safety: Are existing measures good enough?

A new quantitative measure of safe operations in traffic, based on continuous measurement of the positions and movements (kinematics) of traffic objects has been developed and is being deployed. This new approach provides a dense, continuous, inexpensive, assumption-free way to measure, assess, and compare driving behavior, e.g., different builds of an AV developer’s software stack, or different configurations of sensors, and overcomes important problems with existing measures such as TTC, ISM, RSS, etc. A quantitative measure of this type is essential to measuring engineering progress and to providing an independent, quantitative basis for safety standards and public acceptance of AVs.