eeNews Europe: Recently, there has been the first lethal accident with an autonomous vehicle. Do you think that this accident will have an impact on acceptance and technology of auto-driving vehicles?
Amnon Shashua: It is hard to say how things will play out. I think it is too far into the development to stop it. What is necessary is making the way these machines make their decisions more transparent. Today there is no transparency. The only transparency you have is how many miles they have driven and how many “incidents of disengagement occurred”, with disengagement meaning that the safety driver had to take over. This kind of measure is very weak and not informative because I can get a low disengagement rate by simply driving around my house. In order to properly create an autonomous vehicle, you have to drive in challenging situations where the disengagement rate at first will be high. To get more transparency, we need to define safety in a way that regulatory bodies, industry actors, technology providers all can agree on a standard - how you define the safety of your decisions, what does it mean to be in a dangerous situation and to act properly to get out of such a situation.
eeNews Europe: How can such a standardization be initiated within the industry and which would be the criteria?
Shashua: We have developed a formal model called Responsibility Sensitive Safety (RSS) This model is our attempt to put something solid and mathematical as a starting point for a conversation on standardization. RSS does not favor or disadvantage anyone’s technology. We’re not standardizing an algorithm.