AV Testing Advances Without Standards

The failure of the AV START Act in the United States Senate did more than just delay U.S. federal regulations for self-driving car technology that has yet to progress beyond the pilot-test stage…

“We need a good functional safety standard. FMVSS doesn’t say a thing about AVs and there is no functional safety standard for autonomy,” said Philip Koopman, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, who specializes in safety testing and validation of autonomous vehicles. “With or without AV START, in 2019 we need to see the industry come together and see how these things can be made safe. If the industry can get together on safety, that would do more to move things forward than regulations. If it could give the government a realistic idea of direction and timelines, that would get NHTSA closer to mark as well.”