Principle 5: Trustworthy
Building safety into the core of our self-driving technology is essential, but ultimately we need to earn the public’s trust in order to deploy it broadly. This is the foundation of our Trustworthy principle, which describes how our safety culture must support dependable and responsible autonomous vehicle development.
At Aurora, our safety culture is built on the SMS and best practices of other safety-critical industries, like aviation, nuclear, and rail. We empower our team members to speak up about safety concerns and we work quickly to resolve flagged issues and institutionalize the learnings. We also strive to be transparent in sharing our development approach with the public through technology, product, and progress updates on our website, blog, and social media channels.
As part of our commitment to Trustworthiness, we also established an external Safety Advisory Board of esteemed transportation leaders, published a Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment with significant details about our operations, engage with key transportation stakeholders, and frequently speak at transportation events, conferences, and workshops about where our industry can be safer.