[SystemSafety] Subaru aspirational email

Peter Bishop pgb at adelard.com
Fri May 15 14:00:37 CEST 2020

On 14/05/2020 22:47, Daniel Grivicic wrote:
>     Hi Derek,
>     Any other ideas?
> * Call it a Fuji Heavy Industries Vehicle and not a Subaru? 
> * Bankruptcy?
> However, we have not solved the problem of existing vehicles.

The thing is that humans are actually pretty good at driving

    1 fatal crash per 100 million miles

This is an average over all roads, all types of weather, and all states
of driver inattention

- On motorways and similar highways (with fewer challenges), it is 1
fatal crash per 400 million miles.

So there is a lot of mileage (excuse the pun) in *assisting* the driver
rather than replacing him/her, e.g.

-detecting driver inattention/sleepiness/drunkenness
-blocking misuse of mobile phones
-vision enhancement (infra-red / radar  imaging / all round view cameras)
-collision detection / emergency braking

Such driver assistance could feasibly reduce the fatal accident rate by
an order of magnitude
- a challenging target for a fully autonomous vehicle.

Peter Bishop

> Cheers,
> Daniel.
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