In the race to autonomy, electronics and systems suppliers focused on the development of the best autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and exclusively pursued a single key audience: investors. In contrast, the race to AV safety has many stakeholders, making it an entirely different game that hardly anyone seems willing to play.
So far, while testing their vehicles on public roads, AV companies have kept disclosure of their cumulative data as opaque as possible. They have relied on such measures as miles driven and disengagements (when safety drivers had to intervene) to claim the safety of their self-driving vehicles. Painting a positive picture for investors is imperative for covering the enormous AV development costs.