Ensuring The Safety of On-Road Self-Driving Car Testing (PA AV Summit Talk Slides)

This is the slide version of my op-ed on how to make self-driving car testing safe.

The take-away is create a test vehicle with a written safety case that addresses these topics:
  • Show that the safety driver is paying adequate attention
  • Show that the safety driver has time to react if needed
  • Show that AV disengagement/safing actually works when things go wrong
(An abbreviated version was also presented in April 2018 at the US-China Transportation Forum in Beijing China.)


  1. Thank you Phil for sharing. My colleagues from CHOP/UPenn and myself have a strong interest in these topics, especially from the Human Factor side (awareness time, reaction time, confidence...)


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