Plus.ai, the Silicon Valley-based self-driving truck technology startup, announced on Tuesday an agreement with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) to test Plus.ai’s self-driving system using real-world scenarios involving more than one vehicle.
“We believe an independent party should validate a self-driving system’s road readiness using realistic, complex scenarios, much like humans have to pass driving tests in order to be licensed,” said Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder, Plus.ai, in a press release.
In addition to simulated tests, most autonomous trucking companies are testing trucks equipped with safety drivers on the road.
The tests Plus.ai is conducting at TRC are derived from existing passenger car crash test standards in the U.S. and Europe, with a focus on the testing of crash avoidance features, Kerrigan told FreightWaves. “This is because there is no current standard for testing of heavy vehicles for the self-driving features that Plus.ai is developing.”