The Future Car: A Siemens Podcast


Zoox’s Journey to Safety with Mark R. Rosekind - Part 2

Season 3, Ep. 10

“Safety isn’t expensive, it's priceless.”

In the Autonomous Vehicles field, safety is at the front, back and center. In fact, all the other features that are included only make sense if a vehicle is proven to be safe.

That’s why AV companies are investing heavily in proving that their vehicles are safe.

The fact that they have to meet higher safety standards has made them rethink their approach to it. Almost all of them have added new safety features as well as upgraded the existing ones to create vehicles that are safer than what’s currently on the streets.

In this episode, the second part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Mark R. Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer at Zoox, Inc. He’ll help us understand the safety features that are included in their vehicle. He’ll also share with us how his vast experience in transport has helped him in his current role.

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What should you do to regain alertness if you feel sleepy while driving? (06:34)
  • What are the key areas that you consider when you arrive at a crash scene? (10:41)
  • What exactly are you doing to make the stopping distance shorter? (22:51)
  • How do you make the vehicle safe in case a system failure occurs? 24:29)
  • What needs to be done to our current infrastructure to make AVs safer? (29:17)

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • What inspired Mark to pursue the field of safety (00:41)
  • The difference between NHTSA and NTSB (08:56)
  • The differences between how regulators and AV companies approach safety (12:14)
  • The most significant safety innovations by Zoox (17:05)
  • How Zoox uses simulation to test their AV (26:21)

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