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JAXA and JAMA Work Together on AI Systems for Self-Driving Cars

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that it started collaboration with the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) on quality assurance of AI platforms designed to drive autonomous automobiles. In working with Japan’s car industry, JAXA aims to obtain the knowledge necessary to develop safe AI software onboard spacecraft.

Through developing spacecraft and other pursuits, JAXA has acquired and built on the scientific knowledge of software quality assurance, including Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) and hazard analysis process.

To make further use of its expertise, in the period through March 2019, JAXA partners with JAMA in administrative and procedural activities. The challenge of self-driving cars is taking outputs combined with predicted states of the surroundings to decide the right trajectory for the vehicle. A full measure of safety assurance is needed to enable total autonomy in driving.

Through the collaborative initiative, JAXA offers its insight on the safety analysis technology that coordinates the human-machine interaction. This helps establish a framework of quality assurance of AI computer used to drive cars and perform other tasks. JAXA also expects to provide its quality strategy proved by IV&V to guarantee the safe and sound operations of the software and the overall system.


Top visual by Naritama (NARITA Masahiro) via Wikipedia.

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