Germany’s Autonomous Ethics Rules are Unethical if not Negligent

Germany took a big step forward by putting out the first set of ethical guidelines for the autonomous vehicle industry. I applaud that effort and some of their recommendations. However that made a fatal error. And in doing so invalidated that effort and put drivers and the public at risk unnecessarily.

They state that in certain situations control should be given back to the driver.

Public Shadow Driving/L3 is Dangerous and Untenable

It has been proven by NASA, Clemson, the University of South Hampton, Volvo, Ford, Waymo and Chris Urmson that you cannot reliably and consistently turn control of the vehicle over to a human. The reason being that it tales 7 to 24 seconds to gain proper situational awareness. If that does not occur the human over reacts or does the wrong thing. (NHTSA’s 2015 Study on it found otherwise by severely deficient testing.)

Thousands of accidents, injuries and casualties will occur when these companies move from benign and easy scenarios to complex, dangerous and accident scenarios. And the cost in time and funding is untenable. One trillion public shadow driving miles would need to be driven at a cost of over $300B. The answer is to use aerospace level simulation and the best engineering practices the aerospace industry uses.

Details here

Letter to Congress — Handling of minimum standards for Autonomous industry

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