Autonomous start-up Aurora takes a new direction to become “safe enough”
The general idea for the security cadres arose out of another disaster, a series of explosions and fires that occurred on July 6, 1988, aboard the Piper Alpha oil rig off the coast of Scotland. The disaster left 165 people dead. Safety case frameworks have since been used in the oil and gas, aviation and nuclear industries.
While working at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Beuse wrote the autonomous driving industry’s first safety case framework. It occurred as a result of a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona between an Uber autonomous test vehicle and a pedestrian on March 18, 2018. This year Aurora acquired Uber ATG, and Beuse brought the same concepts to general security in Aurora. , which was developing its own security framework.
Merging the two was not difficult. But he warns that there is no final document. Rather, the framework is intended to be a structure that promotes continuous reflection on risks and safety, and which is regularly updated.
“It’s an iterative thing and not a final answer,” Beuse said. “It’s kind of our first look at where we are today.… One thing we are very aware of is that we can’t just make it a checklist. check a box and say you are done. Our teams work very hard to understand these statements and think very deeply about how to support them. “
Across the industry, this is a new way of looking at setting safety standards. Considering the risks associated with this new technology, Mark Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer at Zoox and former NHTSA Administrator, recalls that the state of road safety should be part of the consideration.