Monday, 22 February 2021 19:06

Motional Operates Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads


...interviewed employees, reviewed detailed safety architecture designs, analyzed testing processes and results, scrutinized training procedures and reviewed the qualifications and skill of the team.


The resulting first-of-its-kind endorsement is a testament to the soundness of Motional's technology. It supports Motional's driverless testing in its operational design domain, with a safety steward in the passenger seat. Safety stewards monitor the route, and have the ability to stop the vehicle. They have not had to do so during Motional's driverless operations. 


This external review was just one part of Motional's industry-leading safety evaluation process, which the company detailed in its Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment (VSSA).


Throughout the process, Motional covered enough distance to circumnavigate the world multiple times. This testing was in addition to the 1.5 million miles Motional had already driven across a diverse set of road environments, cities and vehicle platforms. 


Testing took place on public roads with a safety operator, as well as on closed courses with and without a safety operator. Motional vehicles navigated thousands of challenging scenarios:


  • Human-driven cars and other autonomous vehicles
  • Pedestrians, cyclists and other road actors
  • Busy intersections and unprotected turns
  • A wide range of traffic and road conditions
  • Safely-staged edge cases on closed courses 


Developing an advanced driverless system that can safely navigate roads is a monumental accomplishment, but it's only part of the equation. The technology must also have clear, scalable paths to market to fulfill its potential, and Motional's commercial ridesharing experience and capability are unparalleled. 


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