As automated and highly-automated vehicles (HAVs) are gradually deployed on public roads, regulators globally are faced with the challenge of ensuring that these systems are safe for the public that are exposed to them. This challenge requires coordination of validation activities between national regulators and system developers – with common (or at least aligned) approaches to validation desirable.
One of the big challenges for regulators is achieving enough coverage of real-world situations to know that Automated Driving Systems (ADS) are acceptably safe. Automated Driving System (ADS) developers are now indicating that testing by driving vehicles on public roads alone is not sufficient, due to:
The solution is likely to involve more than one technology, but will almost certainly include an element of simulation.
MUSICC is creating a system to store and share a library of scenarios: an ADS will be expected to demonstrate its performance in these before release to market. As far as we know, MUSICC is the first project of its type to build a proof of concept system specifically designed for regulatory use. This gives it a strong potential to become a de facto standard. MUSICC will help to shape the future direction of the industry, positioning the UK as the “go-to” place for CAV certification testing backed by government.
The project is led by a regulator (Department for Transport) and an impartial, neutral mediator (Connected Places Catapult). It is influenced by a highly credible industrial advisory group, including representatives of several major OEMs, tool providers, ADS developers, research and innovation organisations, CAV testbeds and insurers.
A functional prototype system has been built and is undergoing user trials with interested stakeholders. We are now starting the second phase of the project, which involves gathering feedback from real users and understanding how test scenarios might be used in a future regulatory regime.
Benefits of involvement
Participation will enable entities to contribute to a system that will be considered as a basis for the future international certification of HAVs.
For ADS developers and OEMs, participation promises a faster route to market, assuming that future certification could be driven from a single database as opposed to having to meet differing criteria for the different markets around the globe. It also provides a transparent way to demonstrate to the public that their HAVs are trustworthy and safe.
For regulators and testing/certification bodies, participation will free resources to focus on the core aspects of the problem, such as the scenarios themselves and how to test them. The MUSICC project will handle the systems and software engineering involved in creating a live database, while still allowing stakeholders to actively contribute to the scenario definition format.
MUSICC symposium, 24 June 2019
The Multi User Scenario Catalogue for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (MUSICC) Symposium will bring together industry experts who share an interest in the verification and certification of CAVs / Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs), to inform the direction of the MUSICC project.
The project architect will present the scenario definition language and online scenario repository created by the project, and report on the ongoing testing phase of the MUSICC system. A keynote presentation will be given by a representative of the UK regulator, and will describe their agenda for HAVs. Additional speakers will highlight the views of proving grounds, simulation tool providers, and HAV developers.
Two break-out sessions will allow stakeholders to input on firstly the shape of the certification framework surrounding MUSICC, and secondly the priorities for system functionality to support this.
The MUSICC system is currently in a beta test phase. If your organisation is a potential user or other stakeholder, please contact email@example.com to get involved in the test programme.