Nvidia recently became the first supplier to release a voluntary safety self-assessment report under the guidelines set by the NHTSA.
The report primarily focusses on safe development practices and Nvidia’s contributions in reinforcing the safe operation of automated driving systems.
“We are different in that we’re not putting a fleet of vehicles on the road for others,” said Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia. “We’re a layer down. We’re the fundamental technology that other companies build on. But in everything we’re doing, from collecting data to training to simulation to building the hardware that goes in the car, we have a maniacal focus on ensuring that we develop is as safe as it possibly can be.”
Nvidia’s reports also highlighted the functional safety measures that are built into its software and hardware and the importance of the ecosystem in ensuring that autonomous vehicles are as safe as possible. Being a company that supplies virtual safety validation in simulation, the reports describe the role that such an ecosystem play in coming up with safe algorithms before the vehicle hits the road.
“Simulation allows us to ensure the safety of the system, prove the technology and build trust with the public,” Shapiro said. “We’re going to be able to catch a lot of things we wouldn’t be able to catch otherwise, or which would take forever to see in the real world. We’re not racing to put something out there as fast as we can.”