With all due respect you are not only not playing it safe the current development and testing approach is untenable from a time, money and safety standpoint.
It is a myth that public shadow and safety driving can create a legitimate autonomous vehicle. And the lives the process takes are necessary and for the greater good. It is impossible to drive the trillion miles or spend $300B to stumble and restumble on all the scenarios necessary to complete the effort. The process also harms people for no reason. The first safety issue is handover. The time to regain proper situational awareness and do the right thing, especially in time critical scenarios. cannot be provided. Another dangerous area is learning accident scenarios. AV makers will have to run thousands of accident scenarios thousands of times to accomplish this. That will cause thousands of injuries and deaths. The solution is to use DoD simulation technology (not the gaming based tech you are using now) and shift most of the autonomous system development and testing over to it.
SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazine – Simulation’s Next Generation
The Autonomous Vehicle Industry can be Saved by doing the Opposite of what is being done now