Podcast: Can AV Bill Do Right by People?
Phil Koopman, associate professor with the Carnegie Mellon University; Computer Engineering (top left)
Bill Widen, professor at the University of Miami School of Law (top right)
We discuss the autonomous vehicle bill, just voted out of the Pennsylvania Senate’s Transportation Committee last week and is now heading to the Senate floor. What’s in the bill? What’s not in the bill? What should be in the bill? Our conversation pierces to the crux of the issues posed by the autonomous vehicle bill: safety, transparency, insurance and social justice.
Abbreviations mentioned during the podcast, and what they mean:
AV: Autonomous vehicle
SB 965: Pennsylvania State Senate bill developed to eliminate human drivers from testing of highly automated vehicles on public roads
SAE J3016: Taxonomy and definition of motor vehicles with automation systems. The standard does not define “safety.” It defines the level of autonomy.
SAE J3018: Safety-relevant guidance for on-road testing of system-operated autonomous vehicle prototypes
NHTSA: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation
Justice40: The current Biden administration is committed to delivering 40 percent of the overall benefits of Federal climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water, and other investments to disadvantaged communities that have been historically marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.
UL4600: The ANSI/UL 4600 standard addresses safety principles and processes for evaluating fully autonomous products that require no human driver supervision.
ADS: Autonomous Driving System