Argo AI assembles panel of outside experts to oversee safety of its autonomous vehicles - The Verge

Argo AI, which is backed by Ford and VW, is putting together an expert panel of outside safety experts to help oversee the deployment of its autonomous vehicles.

As autonomous vehicle testing ramps up, Argo AI announced the formation of a panel of outside experts to oversee the safe deployment of its technology.

The startup, which is backed by Ford and Volkswagen, will “provide feedback on Argo’s safety and security practices and policies, including maintaining a world-class safety culture, scaling safely across multiple cities and countries, and responsibly launching and operating commercial driverless services,” the company said.

The announcement comes as public opinion seems to be turning on autonomous vehicles (AVs), with recent surveys suggesting nearly half of Americans think that AVs would be a “bad idea” for society. And it comes as the Biden administration continues to scrutinize crashes involving autonomous vehicles as it weighs new regulations for the industry.

The Argo Safety Advisory Council is aimed at improving the public’s perception of AVs, while also bringing more transparency to the work that goes on behind the scenes.

“At Argo, our foundational value is safety,” said Bryan Salesky, Argo AI’s CEO and founder, in a statement. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to profoundly and positively impact transportation safety and accessibility in cities.”

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