Torc Robotics and AAA Northern California Nevada & Utah (NCNU) are partnering to develop safety criteria for self-driving cars through a testing program on public streets.
Using Torc’s self-driving system, called Asimov, the partners will collect data from various urban safety cases they observe while driving. In addition to data collected by Torc during previous testing, the partners will collect data in Las Vegas this year and in additional cities in the near future. The experience and information gathered will help inform safety for the developing industry.
The new program is part of AAA NCNU’s larger effort to study and test autonomous vehicles. In October, it announced a partnership with GoMentum Station, the largest testing facility for self-driving cars in the U.S. AAA NCNU also partnered with the City of Las Vegas to launch the nation’s first public self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.
Torc’s Asimov system is the product of 10 years of autonomous system experience following its third-place win in the historic 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. The Asimov system has been tested on public roads in more than 20 states, including a cross-country drive in July 2017. Torc recently released a list of Asimov capabilities and is testing consumer reactions this week with private demos at CES 2018.
In addition to expanding its autonomous vehicle research in 2017, AAA NCNU launched the Bay Area’s first one-way car share service, GIG Car Share, in Oakland and Berkeley.