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Synopsys To Brief U.S. Congressional Robotics Caucus on Autonomous Vehicles

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On Tuesday Joe Jarzombek, Global Manager, Software Supply Chain Solutions with the Synopsys Software Integrity Group, will be one of three invited panelists to talk about the security and quality of automated vehicles (AV) during a luncheon for the U.S. Congressional Robotics Caucus in Washington, D.C.

The panel, entitled “Connected & Autonomous Vehicles: Incorporating AVs into our Transportation Infrastructure”, will also include Costa Samaras, Scott Institute faculty affiliate and Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University and Chuck Thorpe, Clarkson University dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and chair of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Robotics Public Policy Task Force.

“Putting autonomous vehicles on the road isn’t just a matter of fine-tuning the technology,” said Jarzombek. “It also requires using the right technologies based on the appropriate standards. In today’s cyber environment, safety critical systems must also be secure with means to be updated. To fully realize the benefits AVs promises, policymakers must understand the challenges and opportunities facing AV integration. They will be asked: Can cybersecurity of safety-critical systems achieved in a non-regulatory, voluntary self-assessed environment? Ultimately, policymakers have to address consumer protection associated with AVs.”

Formed in 2007, the U.S. Congressional Robotics Caucus provides Members of Congress with access to experts on key issues facing the nation’s robotics industry and related emerging technology. Specifically, how robotics will affect our nation’s economic growth, defense, safety, global competitiveness, and quality of life.

joe_jarzombek“Our panel will offer insight into how AV is expected to improve safety and solve transportation issues such as gridlock, while discussing regulatory hurdles and how policy can play a role in ensuring these advanced technologies can unlock the economic value they promise,” said Jarzombek. “I will be addressing the need for designing in security (with needed testing for component ‘fitness for use’ and lifecycle support, including means for being ‘patchable’ or updatable) to ensure safety and privacy are fully addressed.”

The U.S. Government is rapidly coming up to speed on AV. Last month, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, announced an update to the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy (FAVP). Dubbed “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety”, the document presents the latest guidance for automated driving systems to both the industry and the States.

Also, Germany has produced its first ethical guideline for autonomous cars, discussing decisions that autonomous vehicles must make when programming the software. For example, if an accident cannot be avoided, the report says human safety must take precedence over animals and property. If a human is to be involved, there must be no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, physical attributes or anything else of any potential accident victim.

The U.S. Congressional Robotics Caucus luncheon, sponsored by ASME, Carnegie Mellon University and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing Room of 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.