Using a Driving Test as a Safety Metric (Metrics Episode 4)
The part of the driver test that is problematic for self-driving cars is deciding that the system has maturity of judgement. How do you check that it is old enough to drive?
At some point, companies are done testing and they need to make a decision about whether it’s okay to let their vehicles actually be completely self-driving, driverless cars. The important change here is that there is no longer a human responsible for continuously monitoring operational safety. That changes the complexion of safety, because now there’s no human driver to rely upon to take care of anything weird that might go wrong. That means you’ll need different metrics for safety when you deploy compared to those used during road testing.