Self-driving cars are basically in the Wild West right now. Sure, there are some federal guidelines, but mostly, it’s patchwork stuff that varies from state to state. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium was founded by US automakers to try and change that.
The group’s latest proposal surrounds human operators and best practices for those tasked with overseeing Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving cars. These are the autonomous cars that (when working perfectly) do not need any human assistance, but their development requires people who can take control if they begin to malfunction…
The AVSC formed this past April in the wake of last year’s deadly crash involving an Uber self-driving car prototype and a pedestrian crossing outside of the crosswalk. Founding members of the organization include General Motors, Toyota and Ford. Since then, numerous others have joined, including Honda, Daimler and Uber itself.