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Positive Trust Balance for Self Driving Car Deployment

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By Philip Koopman and Michael Wagner, Edge Case Research Self-driving cars promise improved road safety. But every publicized incident chips away at confidence in the industry’s ability to deliver on this promise, with zero-crash nirvana nowhere in sight. We need a way to balance long term promise vs. near term risk when deciding that this technology is ready for deployment. A “positive trust balance” approach provides a framework for making a responsible deployment decision by combining testing, engineering rigor, operational feedback, and transparent safety culture. MILES AND DISENGAGEMENTS AREN’T ENOUGH Too often, discussions about why the public should believe a particular self-driving car platform is well designed center around number of miles driven. Simply measuring the number of miles driven has a host of problems, such as distinguishing “easy” from “hard” miles and ensuring that miles driven are representative of real world operations. That aside, accumulating billion