Our Safety Foundations
Pronto is committed to developing safe, dependable transportation technology. It is our duty and responsibility to develop and operate our technology in a manner that reflects a genuine concern for the well-being of those with whom we share the road. It is critical that drivers remain alert, drive defensively, and not rely completely on new technology. We use state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms not just for controlling a vehicle but also for monitoring the vehicle's driver to ensure proper use.
Further, we have made safety a company-wide responsibility. It is not just the Head of Safety's responsibility. We believe it is important to build a culture that stops to fully fix problems. All employees are given the authority to immediately halt public road driving and are encouraged to raise safety concerns. Our Head of Safety is responsible for ensuring that safety standards and expectations are met throughout the organization. He alone has final say over what we put on public roads and when.
Where possible, we have adapted our safety policies from standard practices in the trucking, manufacturing, and aerospace industries, among others.
We believe that it is safer to perform the vast majority of our prototyping and development on light passenger vehicles before moving the technology to class 8 trucks. We also currently constrain our operating domain to divided highways.
All of the OEM safety features in our vehicles remain active. In addition, we limit the maximum amount of braking, throttle, and steering our technology is capable of producing, allowing our driver sufficient time to respond to any unforeseen behavior.
We believe it is important to prioritize performing a few driving tasks exceptionally well in a wide variety of weather conditions and highway settings rather than trying to do everything that driving entails in a non-realistic environment.
We do not anchor our safety claims to the absolute number of miles driven or simulated.
We do not track our progress by using disengagement metrics that are potentially misleading and easily manipulated.
We are not a trucking company, we are a software company.
What we do is — engage in intellectually honest, nuanced conversations about technology and road safety in a straightforward, transparent manner. The speed and scale at which our technology is deployed is controlled by our customers, not our executives or our investors. We will succeed or fail in a real marketplace from day one, serving real businesses, for whom safety is a top priority.
While the above outlines in brief our internal practices, we will share more of our perspective on road safety as we begin to roll out our products in 2019. We are eager to elevate the conversation and set new standards for the industry.