PROJECT TITLE

Development of Evaluation Approaches and the Certificate System for Automated Vehicles Based on the Accelerated Evaluation

PROJECT INVESTIGATOR

Henry Lam, PhD
Assistant Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering

PROJECT DATES

May 2016 – December 2017

PROJECT TEAM

David LeBlanc, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, U-M Transportation Research Institute

Ding Zhao, PhD
Research Fellow, U-M Transportation Research Institute

OBJECTIVES

To develop test approaches to evaluate the safety of Automated Vehicles (AVs) that reduces the test duration from a few months to a few days without sacrificing accuracy, and to identify possible failure modes on perception errors and misoperations in how to respond.

APPROACH

Tests are developed in two layers:  scenarios and variations.  Test scenarios are extracted from naturalistic driving data, crash data and expert knowledge.  For each scenario, test variations are developed based on naturalistic driving data collected in the Connected Ann Arbor project.  Statistical tools will be developed, based on the Importance Sampling approach, to measure safety impacts efficiently by reducing the safe and boring events while emphasizing the safety-critical conditions.

OUTCOMES

  1. Test scenarios and variations to evaluate the safety of AVs
  2. Estimation of safety benefit/risk in society after AVs are released and deployed in Ann Arbor.

TAGS: automated | safety
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