Finally you’re ready to go on your date, everything is going according to plan so far. But like all things in life, it’s always better to be prepared.
Safety is one of the biggest concerns when meeting someone new for the first time. It was very important for us to make sure we accounted for all possibilities which might arise.
Given the important of the topic, I spent a lot time trying to find a solution which seemed feasible. I stress tested
multiple ideas across all kinds of scenarios
and edge cases
As I found myself close to giving up, inspiration struck from an old article
I had once read.
Each person can also set code words which trigger a different set of actions based on the severity.
For Case 1, the trip is remote accessed by a safety officer and the AV is redirected to the nearest intersection.
For Case 2, the in-car camera and microphone will be silently triggered and the situation will be monitored while a safety officer arrives.
The consent for the same is taken in a safety undertaking (required for any match you have to be confirmed). While this seems like just a "checklist", what it really does is reassure users about their options and dissuade bad actors.