The ESPLANADE project targeted the complex question of showing that an automated road vehicle is safe. This problem is significantly different from safety argumentation for manually driven vehicles. Since the automated driving system (ADS) has complete control of the vehicle when activated, part of its function must be to drive safely. There are several methodological problems that need to be mastered in order to find out how to perform safety argumentation for an ADS. The scope of this project was to provide methods to help solve these problems.
The following topics related to safety assurance of an ADS were investigated:
The ESPLANADE project ran from January 2017 to March 2020 with the partners Aptiv, Comentor, KTH, Qamcom, RISE, Semcon, Systemite, Veoneer, Volvo Cars, Volvo Technology, and Zenuity. 18 scientific papers were produced, of which 16 are at the time of writing published in academic peer-reviewed conferences or journals. Additionally, 13 deliverables in the form of project reports were written. This final report is a summary of the project results and contains excerpts from the deliverables.