By: Uber ATG Safety Team

Image for post
Image for post
One of Uber ATG’s self-driving vehicles conducts scenario testing at Pittsburgh test track facility.

As Uber ATG’s self-driving technology continues to mature, so too does our approach to self-driving safety. We’re taking another step forward in our commitment to an open public safety dialogue with the release of our 2020 Safety Report. This second installment of our report builds on our principled approach to safety, and provides an evolved view of our status while introducing a number of important enhancements.

Our Safety Report is intended to speak to a number of audiences, including: future users of self-driving vehicle (SDV) technology; those interested in how Uber ATG is working to promote safety throughout the development process; policymakers, including legislators, regulators, and local officials seeking to understand our organization or the current state of the technology; and other developers who may be interested in identifying opportunities to collaborate. …


By: Nat Beuse, Head of Safety at Uber Advanced Technologies Group

In July 2019, the team at Uber ATG released our first, open-sourced Safety Case Framework, which clearly organizes the goals, claims, and evidence necessary to substantiate that our self-driving vehicles (SDVs) are acceptably safe to operate on public roads. The framework charted an outline for prioritizing safety during testing and development with Mission Specialists behind the wheel, but it also projected Uber ATG’s safety argument to support future use cases, including eventual driverless operations.

Committing to the public release of our Safety Case Framework is a key component of our overall safety strategy, as transparency in our current and future safety operations is key to building trust and identifying areas for improvement. Through the lens of the Safety Case Framework, internal and external safety discussions have become more specific and tangible. The Framework has facilitated and will continue to facilitate productive conversations with regulators, industry partners, and others in the self-driving space. …


Data collection beginning in D.C.

By: Danielle Burr, Head of Uber Federal Affairs

Image for post
Image for post

We’re on a mission to deliver safe and reliable self-driving technology to Uber users around the world. Uber Advanced Technologies Group has already started this journey in Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. Today, we’re adding another city to that list 一 our nation’s capital.

Uber first launched in Washington, D.C. in late 2011, the sixth city launched globally. Since then, we’ve been proud partners in our nation’s capital, expanding into new modes like shared POOL rides, wheelchair accessible options, JUMP e-bikes and dockless scooters, and linking Uber users with public transit to help them access the transportation modes that best fit their needs. …


By: Nick Wedge, Learning and Development at Uber ATG

Developing a self-driving vehicle is challenging, dynamic, and captivating, as there are changes and advances almost on a daily basis. Take a moment to consider what it’s like to be responsible for safely monitoring our developmental technology in the real world from behind the wheel. At Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), that is the primary function of the Mission Specialist. As the pilots (driver’s seat) and co-pilots (passenger’s seat) of our developmental self-driving vehicles, they are just a handful of people who will experience the development of automated vehicle (AV) technology unlike anyone else in the world.

The job requires them to continuously scan the operating environment, compare the vehicle’s behavior with their mental model of appropriate vehicle behavior, and correct any undesired behavior. Here’s the kicker: it’s only going to get more challenging as the technology improves and capabilities expand — undesired behaviors become more subtle and infrequent requiring more vigilance. …


A profile series that introduces our team and showcases what we’re working on.

Image for post
Image for post

My name is Sameer Kshirsagar and I’m the Head of Supply Chain and Business Operations here at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). I started my career by spending a lot of time in school, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University, and an MBA from The Ohio State University. In addition, I spent over two decades at various companies specializing in automotive, consumer electronics and high tech. …


By: Chan Lieu, Sr. Safety Program Analyst

Image for post
Image for post

Uber ATG is pleased to announce the creation of our Self-Driving Safety and Responsibility Advisory (SARA) Board. The SARA Board is an independent panel of safety experts charged with reviewing, advising, and suggesting changes to Uber ATG’s self-driving enterprise, including inputs on organizational goals and priorities. We believe that this panel of outside experts will offer valuable independent advice as Uber ATG leads the safe development and deployment of self-driving technology on the Uber platform.

The SARA Board consists of recognized experts in a variety of relevant fields, drawing from aviation safety, insurance, emergency/trauma medicine, automotive safety, and academia. …


By Mark Jones and Wade Stormer, Law Enforcement Operations, Uber

At Uber ATG, we recognize that to continue the safe development of self-driving vehicles, it is essential that we be transparent with the public and other stakeholders about our approach. Through proactive information-sharing and ongoing two-way dialogue that takes external views into account, we can both educate and learn from our stakeholders and others in the self-driving community.

Working with public safety officials and first responders is an important part of how we connect with the communities in which we operate. Our engagement strategy uses a multi-channel communications approach to ensure broad and easy access to the latest relevant information on our operations. This combined with community activities such as in-person briefings, town hall events, and publicly available materials fosters a consultative dialogue. Just as our development and testing activities will iterate over time, our approach in collaborating with public safety officials and first responders will also mature. …


A profile series that introduces our team and showcases what we’re working on.

Image for post
Image for post

My name is Timothé, I come from France, and I am a data scientist at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), currently focusing on self-driving simulation. I joined Uber in January 2017, first on the France team in Paris, and then at ATG in San Francisco.

I joined ATG for several reasons. First, I am extremely inspired by the impact that shared, electric, autonomous vehicles will have on cities, making them safer and better places to live, with less congestion, less pollution, fewer idle parked individual cars, and fewer car accidents. Secondly, bringing self-driving technology to the world is a very hard, unsolved problem, and therefore a super-exciting technical challenge. …


Data collection beginning in downtown Dallas

By: Austin Geidt, Head of Uber ATG Strategy

Image for post
Image for post

We’re on a mission to deliver safe self-driving technology to Uber riders around the world. Uber Advanced Technologies Group has already started this journey in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. Today, we’re adding another city to that list 一 Dallas, TX.

The City of Dallas has been an exceptional partner to Uber as we continue to expand mobility options for our riders and economic opportunities for restaurants. Dallas users on our platform have many of Uber’s US-based offerings at their fingertips: shared rides, Uber Eats, JUMP scooters, Transit, Uber Freight, and more. Dallas also offers us the opportunity to explore a different type of road network for our self-driving technology. …


A profile series that introduces our team and showcases what we’re working on.

Image for post
Image for post

My name is Tara Stentz, and I am a Software Engineer on the Prediction Team! I graduated in 2018 from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. For the summer of 2017, I was looking for an internship that had the feel of a smaller company, even if it was housed within a bigger organization. I was also hoping to get experience in software development, robotics, and machine learning. Uber ATG was the perfect fit! …

About

UberATG

We are rethinking the future of transportation.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store