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PLoS One. 2017 Sep 20;12(9):e0184952. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184952. eCollection 2017.

Examining accident reports involving autonomous vehicles in California.

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1
Department of Aviation and Technology, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, United States of America.
2
RiSA2S Research Center, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, United States of America.

Abstract

Autonomous Vehicle technology is quickly expanding its market and has found in Silicon Valley, California, a strong foothold for preliminary testing on public roads. In an effort to promote safety and transparency to consumers, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has mandated that reports of accidents involving autonomous vehicles be drafted and made available to the public. The present work shows an in-depth analysis of the accident reports filed by different manufacturers that are testing autonomous vehicles in California (testing data from September 2014 to March 2017). The data provides important information on autonomous vehicles accidents' dynamics, related to the most frequent types of collisions and impacts, accident frequencies, and other contributing factors. The study also explores important implications related to future testing and validation of semi-autonomous vehicles, tracing the investigation back to current literature as well as to the current regulatory panorama.

PMID:
28931022
PMCID:
PMC5607180
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0184952
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