15.03.2023 - Safe Autonomous Operation of Commercial Vehicles
The automation of commercial vehicles is a tremendous request from the market. Business cases appear attractive, and technical issues seem solvable. Still, ensuring the safety of such highly automated vehicles is challenging. This article discusses the safety aspects of typical perception and planning stacks for autonomous trucks operating in logistic hubs. It proposes a complementary safety channel to address currently used algorithms' weaknesses. This safety channel explicitly handles unknown and hazardous objects and ensures that the vehicle never collides with any of them.