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Self-Driving Car Industry Needs Better Metrics, DOT Official Says

  • Under secretary for policy at Transportation speaks at event
  • Miles driven and human intervention rate insufficient metrics
A camera sensor sits on the roof of a Waymo LLC Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle.

A camera sensor sits on the roof of a Waymo LLC Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle.

Photographer: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg
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Autonomous vehicle manufacturers need a better yardstick to show that their products are safe, said Derek Kan, under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The metrics that are most widely used by self-driving car developers -- miles driven and the frequency of human intervention -- alone are insufficient to demonstrate the safety of an autonomous automobile, Kan said at a conference in Washington on Tuesday.