Uber knew of problems with self-driving cars before fatal crash

Backup driver in Uber self-driving car fatal collision was convicted armed robber

Backup driver in Uber self-driving car fatal collision was convicted armed robber

Video taken from onboard cameras in a fatal self-driving auto crash in Arizona Sunday night shows the operator did not have her eyes on the road and the pedestrian was visible for at least a second.

Raj Rajkumar, who heads the autonomous vehicle program at Carnegie Mellon University, said the video was revealing in multiple ways, including that the driver appeared distracted and that Herzberg appeared to have been in the roadway and moving for several seconds and still her presence wasn't sensed.

Two experts have viewed video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix and say the Uber SUV's laser and radar sensors should have spotted the victim and her bicycle and braked.

"As of March, Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per "intervention" in Arizona, according to 100 pages of company documents obtained by The New York Times and two people familiar with the company's operations in the Phoenix area but not permitted to speak publicly about it". A 2017 study conducted by AAA shows three-quarters of US drivers are afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle and only 10 percent think they would make roads safer.

This is notable because one of Uber's self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian while in full autonomous mode in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night.

"There are more unexpected traffic scenarios in Taiwan than in the USA, which is why we need to establish a more controlled environment for driverless cars", he said.

Uber, Intel, Waymo and GM are testing autonomous cars in Arizona, which does not require them to get a permit.

The Uber test operator involved in a recent fatal accident was a convicted felon and had a history of traffic violations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Uber grounded all of its test vehicles while the U.S. transportation officials investigate the crash. After the Tempe crash, Gov. Doug Ducey, who lured the companies to the state with a promise of minimal regulation, warned against jumping to conclusions.

Tech companies like Uber, Waymo and Lyft, as well as automakers like General Motors and Toyota, have spent billions developing self-driving cars in the belief that the market for them could one day be worth trillions of dollars.

"So as we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way", Uber said. "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can".

When Khosrowshahi took over as Uber's chief executive, he had considered shutting down the self-driving auto operations, according to two other people familiar with Khosrowshahi's thinking.

Around the same time, Uber moved from two employees in every auto to one.

The NY Times also published a piece today which argues that, compared to competitors like Google, Uber's autonomous cars are not performing almost as well.

He noted both the Tempe police and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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