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Elements of Autonomous
Vehicle Safety
(The Super-Short Version)
AVS 2018
© 2018 Edge Case Research LLC
Prof. Philip Koopma...
2© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC
The Real World: Heavy Tail Distribution
Common Things
Seen In Testing
Edge Cases
Not Seen I...
3© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC
 Low integrity Doer
 E.g., based on training data
 High integrity Checker
 Use traditio...
4© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC
Pseudo-realistic degradation
Move and insert objects
Perception: Robustness via Augmentat...
5© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC
Conventional V-based software safety
 ISO 26262, SOTIF forsafety requirements
Rapid safe...
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AVS 2018 Slides

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Phil Koopman panel slides for AVS 2018. Briefly describes some approaches we take at Edge Case Research for self-driving car safety.

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AVS 2018 Slides

  1. 1. Elements of Autonomous Vehicle Safety (The Super-Short Version) AVS 2018 © 2018 Edge Case Research LLC Prof. Philip Koopman SafeAutonomy.blogspot.com @PhilKoopman
  2. 2. 2© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC The Real World: Heavy Tail Distribution Common Things Seen In Testing Edge Cases Not Seen In Testing (Heavy Tail Distribution)
  3. 3. 3© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC  Low integrity Doer  E.g., based on training data  High integrity Checker  Use traditional safety methods Planning and Control: Doer/Checker UNSAFE! Checker Shutdown Doer/Checker Pair Low SIL High SIL Simple Safety Envelope Checker “AI”
  4. 4. 4© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC Pseudo-realistic degradation Move and insert objects Perception: Robustness via Augmentation Pedestrian Missed: Gaussian Noise + Black Car Pedestrian Missed: Gaussian Blur Recorded scene Dark vehicle added to scene Synthesized scene
  5. 5. 5© 2017 Edge Case Research LLC Conventional V-based software safety  ISO 26262, SOTIF forsafety requirements Rapid safety case update tooling  STPA plus augmented fault trees and GSN Architectural safety patterns  Doer/Checker for a fail silent channel  Multi-channel approach for safing mission Robustness/stress testing  Traditional robustness testing  Object & event edge case “zoo” Other Techniques

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