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July 24, 2018

Koopman explains how to keep self-driving cars safe

Philip Koopman wrote an op-ed for The Hill explaining how automakers can maintain vehicle safety without sacrificing progress and technological innovation. The current vehicle safety standards are not compatible with self-driving cars, and it may take years for them to be officially adapted. According to Koopman, automakers should use safety cases, written explanations of why a system is appropriately safe, followed by proposals of a safety strategy compatible with their products. “A safety case approach will enable self-driving car-makers to innovate as rapidly as they like, with a pay-as-you-go burden to justify why their alternative approaches to providing existing safety capabilities are adequate,” Koopman writes. Read the op-ed here.