Warwick academic sets safety standards 

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Researchers at WMG University of Warwick will test AV safety through a UKRI Future Leader Fellowship awarded to Dr Siddartha Khastgir.

The seven-year fellowship, worth £1.2m (US$1.4m), will develop testing methodologies and international standards focusing on creating knowledge and applied research methods and tools.

WMG has created a concept of the ‘evaluation continuum’ for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) involving using various environments like digital world, simulated environment test track testing and real-world testing.

Three approaches will identify the smart miles exposing any CAV failures, including machine learning to create test cases, safety of the intended functionality based on test scenarios, and translating real-world data into executable test scenarios for a simulation tool.

Khastgir said, “The global CAV industry is estimated to be worth over £50bn by 2035, with the UK CAV industry comprising over £3bn of this, however questions around safety are always raised, by the automotive industry and the public.

“This hinders the process of commercializing CAVs, however my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to research the safety of CAVs can help Department for Transport, the automotive industry and the public to be reassured that they are safer than human drivers.”

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