Testing and Simulation

Faster and Cheaper Approach to Testing Autonomous Vehicles Developed

By StreetDrone,

October 10th, 2017

Research from the University of Michigan has developed a faster approach to testing the roadworthiness of autonomous vehicles, reducing the time and cost needed to ensure safety.

Huei Peng, a researcher at the University of Michigan, commented that “Even the most advanced and largest-scale efforts to test automated vehicles today fall woefully short of what is needed to thoroughly test these robotic cars,”. To solve this problem, he and his colleague Ding Zhao have developed a new four-step accelerated approach to test autonomous vehicles.

Outlining the approach in their paper ‘From the Lab to the Street: Solving the Challenge of Accelerating Automated Vehicle Testing’, it’s claimed that their accelerated testing approach eliminates up to 99.9 percent of the cost and time in compiling enough data to achieve confidence that the tested vehicle is 90 percent safer than cars driven by human drivers on the road today.

Interestingly, both of the most common serious crash scenarios identified in the testing methodology involved a human driven car as well as an automated car. It seems to be that we need to promote AV uptake as much as possible to ensure the safest possible road conditions.

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